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Op. 22, no. 8
To the Parkside Men


Gentle thou art, and therefore to be won,
Caring thou art, so I pray all the more
For all of you to truly know the Son
Who changes lives and opens unseen doors.
As you have shown great hospitality
And shown me and my brothers great concern,
So too I wish an opportunity
To understand you and about you learn.
Though in these studies I am called to teach,
How much more am I a learner too?
You teach me how to practice what I preach,
To let my many words be felt with few.
My weariness and sacrifice has grown,
But greater love than this I've never known.
Based on Shakespeare's 41st sonnet, "Those petty wrongs that liberty commits." To the men in my Bible study/small group: Andrew, Jonathan, Alan, Connor, Curtis, and Jeremy. I wondered if I was the leader or the learner still...and then I realized that the two were one and the same.
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LaBruyere Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student Writer
Perfect.
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, one in the same. :sub:
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Kiwi-Shi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite beautiful~ I love the way you used the words and as a (hopefully) soon to be teacher I believe this is something everyone should realize and accept. That to teach is to learn, there is no difference.
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Parsat Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Writer
Glad to hear! What are you going to teach?
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Kiwi-Shi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm aiming to teach English in a high school. I just simply don't have the energy to teach younger kids.
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Parsat Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Writer
Yeah, younger kids are pretty hard to deal with. I taught SAT prep classes over the summer to high schoolers, and the juniors and seniors were invariably easier to work with.
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Kiwi-Shi Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty cool~ And I imagine so, although when I think of my younger senior friends I can't help but remember what I was like back then.

x3
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