Monday, September 20, 2010


That was where I found myself
When teaching, I learnt
What I didn't know
Facing questions
We were never allowed to ask.
I never pretended
To know everything,
Promised to come back
With the answers.
The doubts were signs
That the children were listening,
Thinking, trying to break through,
It was like lighting candles in the dark
To watch the light spread
And the sparkle in the faces
Was like chancing upon
A bush full of glow worms
When trudging homeward
All alone at night.


Balachandran V said...

I read it out to Parvati; she is a teacher. And her face glowed...

Prabhakar said...

yes. all teachers will know this feeling. that's why we had this symbolic candle-light ceremony in college when the lights were switched off and the light was spread candle to candle.