People, I quite sincerely, and genuinely have had no idea, until much later, that any 'difficulties' had transpired. My reason for this thread came
as a very unrelated prompt. During a discussion with my students about
all the poems I have written, one student asked:
"...but have you said thank you for the fact that you have had the chance
to write all the things you do? In Japan, we say thank you to our teachers
for teaching us. Have you done the same for your TORC teachers?"
Well, upon reflection, I had wondered if had ever really directly done
that. I couldn't recall. Hence, this 'thank you' thread in the place where
administrating work is done.
Now, I know some will shake their heads and wonder 'Poor, Parm.
A poet with his head in the sand.' That may very well be true, and I shall live with my self-imposed naivete; however, my being here was a way
of demonstrating to my students in Japan, that I, too, am not above the
simple act of saying 'thank you' to my 'sensei'...those who have 'gone
before me'. (there is no plural in Japanese, so sensei applies to more
than one or only one depending on context)
All that said, if you do not enjoy my poems here, all very well and good.
I have enjoyed the tremendous opportunity to grow as a person and as
a writer here. For that, I am overwhelmingly thankful. For that.
And I also enjoy leaving behind...