I wrote this soon after I had penned my poem, “Shanghai by the Moonlight” – in 2000. Just like my poem on Shanghai, this was inspired by a Beijing postcard, (not this accompanying photo) courtesy of my Chinese student. I also shared this in the same website where I had posted several of my poems – Writing.com where I went by my username Summerblossom, and account name Mayflower(Marichu).
I wrote this poem in December, 2000, and ever since, I have been giving this poem to each and everyone of my students as my lasting token of appreciation for their struggles and progress in learning, and for having been there in my life.
The plum blossom is full of fragrance
Because it suffers the bitter cold…
The sword is perfectly sharp
Because it goes through the grindstone…
The eagle soars to new heights
Because it is not afraid to fall…
The ocean shore is reached
Because the captain chooses to defy
The cruel waves and violent storms…
The eye is never sad at the sight
Of dark clouds adrift
Because it knows the promises of light.
Thus, it is how you pursue rowing your boats
With vigor to the banks of learning
And scaling the mountains
Even if the way is torturous
You still follow your dreams…
And just like how a mother feels over
Her children’s relentless efforts to learn
Your struggles and pains are also mine
Your sense of fulfillment is my joy, too.
May all your aspirations and hopes come true…
May your happiness be as immense
As the deep eastern sea…
And remember the bright sun
Always rises high
In the east blue sky.
I first shared this online in another website: Writing.com, where I go by the username Summerblossom. I have changed the title of this post – from my original title “A Teacher’s Tribute to Her Dear Students” because I discovered another piece online, in prose, with the same title.