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Parent & Teacher: A Conference Blessing
David M. Tookey


The father is from another land.
His eyes are dark and deep-set.
Rough, tired hands
rest in an empty lap.

He sits and listens
saying nothing.
His child--also from that eternity--
is my student.

After formal talk
the father says in a soft, gentle voice:
Thank you, thank you very much.
God bless you.

Warmth and calm
flood over me.
I sit and listen
saying nothing.

© by David M. Tookey.
Used here with the author's permission.


David M. Tookey lives in Seattle, Washington, where he is an elementary school teacher. A bicycle is his main mode of transport around town; David says he finds he can tinker with poems in his head as he rides. He also enjoys baking bread and, of late, has been exploring college campuses with his daughter to help her determine which she might want to attend.






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Lori Levy:
Simply and beautifully expressed.
Posted 12/18/2018 07:38 PM
michael escoubas:
Wonderful way to sum up something so commonplace but made uncommonly special within the world of this little gem.
Posted 12/18/2018 11:12 AM
This poem warms me on a cold morning. Thank you, thank you very much.
Posted 12/18/2018 10:20 AM
A true sign of sit and listen. Thank you for this reminder.
Posted 12/18/2018 09:02 AM
Appreciation has high value.
Posted 12/18/2018 08:29 AM
Just plain beautiful!
Posted 12/18/2018 07:03 AM

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