Sorry, but the syllable count is COMPLETELY off
Who is a teacher?
The name might suggest,
simply one who teaches,
and sets all those tests.
But there's more to teachers
than just class and test.
Part of our hearts are only for them
for they are the best of the best.
All our teachers are so special, they
teach us not to look, but to see.
We aren't taught to pick others' locks,
but to make our own lock & key.
Their mere presence inspires us
to do what we never thought we could.
They urge us to try some things, which
without them, we never would.
They teach us to ask; go on that
endless quest of curiosity.
They teach us to stand & speak,
and to exhibit equanimity.
They have teacherly instinct, prominent
as one that is predatory.
They show us what's acceptable, what's not,
and what is mandatory.
They are part and parcel of our lives.
In childhood, a necessity.
They've taught us never to deem ourselves
only worthy of inferiority.
We may make a million mistakes
but they correct us, ever patient.
Thank you for all you have done for us,
For YOU are those teachers, strong and radiant.