Silences in Teaching

Les voix du silence dans l’académie

Eugenie Tjan

 your hand movements
in the conservatory
to allow the butterfly
to land on your skin.
Silence your noise
pollution in the woods to
hear the birds’ voices.
Silence the line’s splatter
in the pond to allow
the fish to swim to
the worm. Silence
your worries to allow
a revelation to comfort
you. These silent
opportunities are rare
in today’s hustle and
bustle. Too often we are
overzealous filling in our
schedules, so that we do
not have time to ponder,
to process what we are
experiencing. How, then,
are we to learn from
the shy, quiet, humble,
unobtrusive ones?