The Teacher’s Library

June 16, 2021 at 10:36 pm (Life, Personal essays, Poetry) ()

His library and study contained worlds to explore
The shelves were lined with books and volumes galore
Sources of knowledge where a fingertip opened the door

The walls were lined with murals
Of oceans, of Egypt, of Paris and the Urals
A small fountain and waterfall against the far wall
Model of ancient Roman village over which Caesar’s statue stood tall
These were a few of the items on display in the room
Including replica Viking helmet of a Norse raider’s doom

From here he would sit, ponder and read
Thoughts and ideas would often take seed
Cigar or pipe smoke filled the air
Like warm mist in this gentle scholar’s lair

Some nights he marked papers or prepared lesson plans
To his students he imparted Wisdom’s fair strands
Rivers and oceans of knowledge he longed to share
Life is a journey on which to set fare

His library and study were indicative of his teaching
What he shared with his students was lifelong and far reaching
The lives he impacted and ideas he inspired
Continued long after he had retired.

-A poem written by Christopher
Wednesday June 16th 2021
Inspired by memories of
a teacher’s library and study.


  1. Jessica E. Larsen said,

    Beautiful 😍 wow, you seemed to be writing lots of poem lately. Inspiring ❀

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thanks, Jessica. ❀

      Yes, I decided to take a break from watching the news the past month.

      So I decided to concentrate on writing poems, haiku and short stories
      rather than chapters in my geopolitical vampire novel.

      Take a rest from bad news and take a look at the beauty in the world. 😍

  2. Judy Kim said,

    I think this is my favorite poem that you’ve written, and I like all of your poems, Christopher. It’s transports me to a beloved world of knowledge, makes me think of Merlin, and what I love about books and mentors. πŸ’–

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thank you very much, Judy. πŸ’–

      I was thinking last night about what my dad’s downstairs study used to look like.

      And the thought occurred to me that not many studies I have seen looked quite like that.

      And the thought occurred to me that a study like that must have been very inspirational to him.

      Because so many of my dad’s former students that I used to run into when I lived in the Edmonton area used to tell me that he was the best teacher they ever had.

      So I wrote this poem describing what his study looked like and how it must have inspired his teaching.

      I like what you had to say about Merlin.

      It reminded me of how for 5 years from 2003 to 2008, my dad and I used to visit the city of Saskatoon Saskatchewan every August to attend their Shakespeare On The Saskatchewan Festival where they performed Shakespeare plays live on a circle in the round stage in a big tent on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River.

      The last Shakespeare play we saw together was The Tempest which many scholars believe was the last play Shakespeare ever wrote when the character of Prospero the wizard talks about “this round globe” (like Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) and how he’s now giving up the practice of his magical craft.

      The character of Prospero in that play somehow reminded me of my dad at the time and what he must have been like as a teacher in the classroom.

      So Merlin the wizard seems an apt description as well being Arthur’s mentor. πŸ’—

  3. Marlapaige said,

    This is beautiful. I could smell the books and the pipe tobacco. It made me think of Sherlock Holmes as a professor.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thank you very much. πŸ™‚

      • Marlapaige said,

        You are welcome. I tried to follow but it wouldn’t let me.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I got a notification that you’re following me now. πŸ™‚

        Occasionally the buttons on this page won’t work .

      • Marlapaige said,

        It is still not showing that I am following. So I won’t know if you post anything new if you don’t appear on my reader.
        Thank you for checking for me! πŸ™‚

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I usually post about 11:30 PM my time zone every night. πŸ™‚

        That’s currently about 3 hours away from now.

        So if nothing shows up in your reader 3 to 3 1/2 hours from now, then you’ll know something went wrong with WP in following for whatever reason.

      • Marlapaige said,

        I will be out cold at that point in the evening.

        3 hours from now will be 11:30 pm. USA – mid?

      • Marlapaige said,

        No. West coast. I think. It’s too late to be doing math. Sorry πŸ™‚

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        It will be 11:30 PM Mountain Daylight Time – the time zone for the Canadian prairie province of Alberta.

        Although I notice it’s now very close to 9 PM MDT.

        So 3 hours from now will be close to midnight.

        So 2 1/2 hours from now will be 11:30 PM MDT.

      • Marlapaige said,

        Gotcha. I’m USA east coast. That’s why my brain did the math that way. But I am terrible at time zones. Always have been. No matter where I am in the world, my brain tells me that where I am is the right time zone and everything else (including home) requires math πŸ˜‚

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I’m very poor in math myself so I can sympathize. πŸ™‚

      • Marlapaige said,

        Thank you for understanding!

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        You’re welcome. πŸ™‚

  4. Kritika said,

    Love the poem. It would be an honour to have such teachers around who pass on the beautiful knowledge to young generations. And the library, I wish I could create this one for me. πŸ˜€

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, Kritika, it would be nice if there were more teachers like this.

      I agree, this library would be a nice one to have. 😁

  5. Shweta Suresh said,

    Sounds like a great library. I wish there were more teachers like him! Great poem

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