To my Favorite Fifth Grader

I love your pesky questionsthe hows and whys,

Your eyes full of wonder, astonished

With each of my explanations. I stand

In the center of the circle, describing

The workings of the world: the moon and stars

The gravity, the magic of numbers, the difference

Between salt and sugar. “Is this true?” you ask.

Looking into your face with my weary eyes,

Knowing there may be no proper answers

To all your big questions, I nod my approval,

And, you, like me, smile and sit down.

Your questions, like some silent birds,

Wing their way through my lonely nights.

Trying to stay awake, with whiskey

On the thermals of my breath, I see

Your questions crowned on a smiling face,

A yellowing notebook, and a candlelight.

“Is this true?” Yes, my sweet student, I’m afraid

This is true as well. The whiskey

On my breath doesn’t know how to lie.



Bibek Adhikari 


Poetry by Bibek
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Written on 2017-12-29 at 13:01

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Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Very nice, Bibek.

Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
I enjoyed this poem and its easy free form. How wonderful when a student asks us questions that makes us think.
I had the opportunity to teach fifth grade last year
and it was such a pleasant experience to deal with children at the age just before puberty distracts their minds and when they still wonder!
Loved it!

jim The PoetBay support member heart!
I'm glad you stuck with your original format, sans the stress on meter, which felt strained. This is your voice and your style, and, as always, it works well. It flows well.

Your favorite fifth grader has a good teacher.

ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
Bravo, Bibek. Studants of ALL ages, should chalinge there teaches! A young woman I have been suporting in he studys, EARLT the acalide from her prof: '' --da - You are teching me! ''. I Sent her plainloaes of books over the yers, so almost sertanly, er beter ead than the Prof! As Seda, whears no blikers, looks back as well as forwould on the history of litrechuer! sp[sherly the history and develermant of woman writers! So she is well awaer of the likes of Aphra Behn & Margret Cavendish. Two amazing woman writes of the English resteratan preood. Margret Cavindish THE FIRST SIFI writer!