To the teachers, writers and poets who gave me a voice.
You gave me words to speak,
A pencil to write,
And a heart to recognize
The beats and rhythms in my mind.
You gave me a fresh breath for life,
And made me a free man.
You took me to places
With pieces and pages—
And I wanted to thank you.
Thank you for the words that changed my course,
And gave me a sense of direction again.
Thank you for teaching me lessons to give to my future students.
You gave me a reason to be,
And you gave me poetry.