A New Leaf — A Poem (slightly modified)

He came to my desk with a quivering lip, the lesson was done.
“Have you a new sheet for me, dear teacher? I’ve spoiled this one.”
I took his sheet, all soiled and blotted, and gave him a new one all unspotted.
And into his tired heart I cried, “Do better now, my child.”

I went to the throne with a trembling heart, the year was done.
“Have you a new year for me, dear Master? I’ve spoiled this one.”
He took my year, all soiled and blotted, and gave me a new one all unspotted.
And into my tired heart he cried, “Do better now, my child.”

— with apologies to Kathleen Wheeler, an elementary school teacher (date unknown)

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2 thoughts on “A New Leaf — A Poem (slightly modified)

  1. I love this poem – makes me cry each time I hear it. Ravi Zacharias quotes it often when he speaks and I’ve never been able to get to pen and paper quick enough to write it down. Thank you and blessed New Year to you and Deb.

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