A Teacher: His Lesson in Smiling

By Yochanan Sacks

Bring us

into the furrow of your brow

for tomorrow we begin to think

like you, train our thoughts

with your face’s textures

with the unbloomed smile

you lay upon your word

as the bell-peal spreads

through the air to a deaf man

not heard, but its quiverings

seen in the leaves

Yochanan Sacks is from Monsey, New York

This article was featured in the Fall 1999 issue of Jewish Action.
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