Excited and nervous she was in equal measure
To deliver a lecture that had cut into her time of leisure
She had prepared her first talk with great attention
To detail, meticulously she had made her slide presentation
Spent hours in research, added vignettes carefully curated
On each point, she had over hours deliberated
College students tended to have a short span of attention
She knew, thus adjusted her content for their comprehension
As the day approached, she felt increasingly confident
That her lecture would be received well by most students.
She was newly minted in her formal role as a teacher
An unexpected fate awaited her as she walked in to deliver
Her lecture- there were only a handful of souls in sight
Nevertheless she tried to look on the side bright
At least the ones present looked vaguely interested
Hopefully they understood how much she had invested
Of herself in this lecture, knowing that first impressions
Often last, and would set the tone for further sessions..
Despite the dismal attendance she proceeded
As the lecture progressed, her confidence receded
No one was interested in what she had to say,
So it seemed to her- she was ready to call it a day.
She managed to finish, her eyes glistening with tears
At what was an obvious failure, exposing all her fears..
That was a day forty plus years ago
She is reminiscing over the pain of that blow
Today she is about to be felicitated
Her retirement is being celebrated
She has had a long and illustrious career
As an educator, a talented teacher
Unlike the first day her lectures now
Manage to run out of room somehow
To accommodate all those who throng to hear
Her pearls of wisdom, year after year…
Since her first day as a teacher, a long way she has come
The ideal teacher she wanted to be, she has become..