Tender and calm,
Without an alarm.
A guiding light
In the teacher they see,
Journeying with them
Is a human being!
I want to give, what I could not get,
Breaking the barriers that have been set.
I remember myself, as a lovely child,
All withered away by Math and Science.
I wanted to know all that was around,
But was scared to venture out.
I was happy to play in the rain,
I wanted to know from where it came.
I wanted to know how birds fly,
I wanted to know how we survive.
Amazed by planes, curious of trains,
Wanted to know who made the cranes.
I wanted to sing, I wanted to dance,
But that was not a part of class.
I wanted to know everything,
The fairytales and the living things,
The plants and animals,
The world and the Universe,
I wanted to know, I wanted to learn,
But all around things were rigid and stern.
A big leap I took that day
When I pledged to stray
From the paths defined by system
Break away from the set rhythm
Gain what I was being denied
Assert my basic human right.
I wish to share
I wish to walk
Hand in hand
Side by side
Of every girl
Of every boy
Now I know I have to,
I dream all this comes true,
For as many children as I can do,
I will try as best I can,
For me, for you and everyone
For every child under the sun…
Poet’s Note –
End of 2004, after almost a year’s gap, I had once again started looking for work. Came across an advertisement placed by The Heritage School, Gurgaon. It sounded interesting and so I just applied for the position of a Section Educator. I was not sure they’ll call me as I had no previous training in being a teacher but to my surprise I was sitting in a group discussion. Then about 60 of us were invited to join Khoj in Rishikesh. We spent around 4-5 days in the Snow leopard Beach Resort and that is how my journey of being a teacher began. As we went through various group and individual exercises I penned this poem and shared it with the rest of the group. I am no longer working as a teacher but I still am a student and enjoy moments that I spend with children. It is always wonderful to work with the little ones and I try to do projects where I get to work alongside kids.