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The Teacher  
  by rodney d. coates //97  
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 Standing somewhere
between Prophet and Counselor
Historian and Scientist
Scholar and Creator
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They prepare the future, today
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Taking the unmotivated
and giving them a reason to excel
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Making the dull and dreary
exciting and stimulating
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Bringing sight
to minds, dimmed with despair
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Challenging complacency
through self-sacrifice
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Encouraging Thinking through Vision
refusing to accept ignorance as an excuse
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Opening up new vistas to those
whose todays are wrapped in
yesterdays pains
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Struggling against a sea of duplicity
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Anchored in the truth of the ages and the sages
Boldly venturing into the 
heart of the unknown
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Correcting the mis-education
and the record of lies
of both omission and commission
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Causing ears to hear
the substance of reason
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Often ignored
Discounted or dismissed
by those more interested in fashion or fame
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Quietly continuing to struggle
against the waves of meritocracy
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Mentor and friend
Role Model and Motivator
Faithful and dedicated  
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A life of service
.... and this my tribute to you!
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- the (my) Teacher
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UMOJA! 
unity, through love, peace
understanding and respect!
rodney d. coates
 c///97-10
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Only when lions have historians,      
 will hunters cease being heroes.     
 --African Proverb     
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Without struggle there is no progress.     
--Frederick Douglass    
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The most potent weapon of the oppressor,      
is the mind of the oppressed.     
--Steven Biko    
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yours in the struggle       
umoja, rodney d. coates    
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umoja, rodney c     
A collection of poetry      
written by Rodney D. Coates     
'97 directory of poetry     
Copyright 1996 Rodney D. Coates - All Rights Reserved    
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