Those Few Weeks.

One of the greatest parts about being a teacher is the relationships and trust you build with your students.

I received this poem in my email this morning from one of my most brave and intelligent students. Believe me when I say, when she enters a room she can brighten it with just her smile. She sets a tone and I appreciate her presence every single day. This student endured a tragedy recently and used writing as a way to cope with that loss. I am so proud of her and her ability to put these words to paper. She expressed to me that she wished to be published and although this may only be read by a few, I believe it is worth sharing.

those few weeks.

Those Few Weeks
By Kiyanah Fitzgerald 

For those few weeks
I had you to myself.
And that seems too short of a time.
To be changed so drastically

In those few weeks
I came to know you…
And to love you.
You came to trust me with your life.
Oh, what a life I had planned for you!

Just those few weeks
When I lost you,
I lost a lifetime of hopes,
Plans, dreams and goals…
A slice of my future simply vanished overnight.

Just those few weeks
It wasn’t enough time to convince others
How special and important you were.
How odd, a truly unique person has recently died
And no one is mourning the passing.

Just a mere few weeks
And no “normal” person would cry all night
Over a tiny unfinished baby,
Or get depressed and withdrawn day after endless day.
No one would, so why am I?

You were just those few weeks, my Little One.
You darted in and out of my life too quickly.
But it seems that’s all the time you needed.
To make my life much so much richer
And give me a small glimpse of eternity.

In those few weeks,
All I have are the scars to remember you by.
Well that’s good enough for me.

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