The teacher asked me why I never talk in class.
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"So bright a student, yet you never try,
you, my child, have nothing to hide. Speak up!"
Yet I looked her in the eye and shook my sorry head.
"I feel that I have less to offer,
than others have to teach. Therefore I am silent."
She seemed fully disappointed and so I was moved to share.
I explained the way I felt.
"Others ask hundreds of questions, and never listen.
They only feed their personal desires.
Closed ears, however, won't let in any lessons,
whether solicited or not."
Watching me for a moment, she pondered what I said.
"You are brighter than I thought," said she.
And I listened, hoping I could learn from her ability
to let her defenses down.
How much I learned that day!
"God grant me distraction."