The in box. From Glen Brown (a wonderful poet himself), a poem for Teacher Appreciation Week.

For Fred Klonsky and all teachers
 

The Thing You Must Remember by Maggie Anderson

The thing you must remember is how, as a child,

you worked hours in the art room, the teacher’s

hands over yours, molding the little clay dog.

You must remember how nothing mattered

but the imagined dog’s fur, the shape of his ears

and his paws.  The gray clay felt dangerous,

your small hands were pressing what you couldn’t

say with your limited words. When the dog’s back

stiffened, then cracked into white shards

in the kiln, you learned how the beautiful

suffers from too much attention, how clumsy

a single vision can grow, and fragile

with trying too hard.  The thing you must

remember is the art teacher’s capable

hands: large, rough and grainy,

over yours, holding on.

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