0 Cent Teacher

What do you want to do, they ask me?

I want to teach U.S History. I reply

Professor? They ask

No middle school

You know that doesn’t pay well is their last answer to me


Don’t they think I know that

I ask them the same question,

What do you want to do?

They reply: Lawyer, doctor, politician.

They give me answers underlined with dollar signs

They don’t know what their passion is so they

Peruse the merchandise, and look for the one with the biggest price tag,


In my high school there are academies

Where you train in your future profession

Is it a wonder that everyone runs to the medical field

Because of the long line of zero’s on it’s room number

While they all sprinted, I casually walked to the one with the big fat zero on it’s doormat.


What do I want to do, what do I want to be?

I want to be a zero dollar teacher.

I want to be a broken gumball machine

With no need for shiny quarters, continually shoving out chewy spheres of knowledge

Spheres of joy, spheres of wisdom, spheres of truth.

I know I don’t make much green

But I’ll make a million smiles

I’ll be payed in laughter and gratitude.Which I’ll earn from the things I have taught, and have been taught to me. While you map out the brain as gray, I’ll be mapping out the U.S.A

And while you stare at frowning faces, I’m gonna look at thirty or so smiling faces

When you go home to your mansion to grumble on your throne of a couch

I’ll be in my cottage thinking of how blessed life can be,

I know I don’t get paid much.

Because I only cost

Zero dollars and zero point zero zero cents.


This poem is about: 
My country


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