Well, I sure liked this poem. Not too sure about the self-photo, but I never judge anyone by their appearance. Although I'm thinking the tie you're wearing may be cause for alarm...... Ha. But you did a good job with your poem.
I love birds, but this shatters me. But is it really surprising? This is nature at its most perplexing. The killer bird was probably hungry, so he took himself a meal. Out of necessity, it's almost forgivable. But man kills man for insane reasons, and most of the time, not out of necessity.In my own backyard, I have seen small birds fall prey to hawks, so it is not unusual. I do like your poem, Kim, and the photo fits perfectly.
Very nice poem about the importance of schools and teachers. The school should be a welcoming place to attract students and make them comfortable, with a good atmosphere that is conducive to learning. Teachers must care and be truly committed to their roles as educators. Many people don't stop to think how important schools and teachers are. Young minds are being molded and prepared for a lifetime - hopefully a successful and fulfilling life. What a great responsibility teachers have, not only in delivering the lessons, but in doing it in a way that students will long remember and smile on - as you said, with love and peace and integrity. I enjoyed reading your well written poem.