DEDICATED TO ALL TEACHERS WHO READ THIS
Teachers-the gods who are always blamed
(This poem in tamil was quoted by Hamsabai Santhanakrishnan. She had dedicated it to all teachers who are members of the Facebook. After translating it with many changes , I am rededicating it to all teachers who happen to read it.)
Writing on the black board with a chalk constantly,
And getting both their lungs full of Chalk powder,
But teaching , teaching and teaching, so that they improve
The school teacher has developed pain in his heart for ever.
The society which punished the teacher for punishing
The useless student so that he can achieve something in life,
The society which added pain to him for showing the way,
Perhaps stamps on him , because he is a ladder for students climb.
The proud society which insults the teacher
Who ought to be respected, does ,
Never think why the need really arose,
To hit the God , who protected and protects.
For teaching with a shouting voice so that ,
Even the back bencher is also able to hear,
Does the reward and honour consist ,
Of beating , insulting and hitting them?
The society which considers the teacher ,
Who considers each student as his child ,
AS an enemy is like one who wounds the sculptor,
Thinking they are wounding the stone ,
Would possibly never get a pretty statue.
They go as a teacher to the school in the morning,
But return as a parent daily in the evening,
Tosses in his bed and spends a sleepless night,
For shouting at the student in the school.
On one side the sting by the tension created by examination,
And on the other side the sting by the student
Who refuses to cooperate, the poor teacher ,
Stands in the middle and suffers and only suffers.
They call one day as the “teacher’s day” and on that day ,
He would be engulfed by greetings from all sides,
Though each of them know , “This praise ,
Is only for t that day , from next they would find his fault.”
They would say “sacrifice yourself as what you do,
Is nothing but social service” and next day they would sacrifice you,
They would say “You are the architect of society “ and next day ,
They would call you “the worst enemy of society.”
But in spite of all these hypocritical remarks ,
Of the society , in which they are forced to work and live,
They would be teachers and teachers whether they die or live,
They would always be “the gods of learning” who do teaching as their duty