Thank you, Teacher

Mar 21, 2022 - Written by Ananya Mangwani

Thank you, Teacher

I am graduating soon and cannot help myself looking back with nostalgia and a little bit of sadness.

It took a village and I will show my gratitude to each one of them, but around this time, 3 years ago I lost someone, without whom I would not be here today. Thank you, Mr. Bennett.

I walk into my very first class, the first semester, university early morning under the bright sun
I see this tall Santa last resembling man smiling, in his eyes he had a twinkle of fun
He has this zest in life as he excitedly said “Welcome”
I sat for the next three hours, listening simply dumb

In this very first encounter, I already knew
Learning from you is a privilege, and teachers like you are very few
Step by step you taught us how to explore capture the essence of literally everything
You simply challenged me to best at almost anything

Anyone who ever talked to you felt like they had the power to achieve
I write with tears in a weak attempt to grieve

Never again will I see the quirky texts on your t-shirts
Your voice resonating through the walls so loud
We dedicate our first short film to you, and only hope in the future
The many more to come, make you beam with proud

I entered this country with doubts, fears, and the mood to survive
You brought me out of my shell and taught me how to thrive
You will always be remembered for your humor and compassion
More time with you is the only thing with you I wish I had a chance to ration

I shall cling to every word of remark, wisdom, and encouragement you sent my way
You’ll always be the teacher who taught me how to write, think on set, storytelling and at the end of the day,
You’ll forever be in my memories in my work and never stop being keen
From the wish book to the black hole, we never know when its a wrap on our scene

Mr. Bennett.

Ananya

About the author

I am Ananya Mangwani and I was born on August 20. I am all about my dogs, my camera and my music. I love creating, travelling and experimenting. I believe life is too short to be serious all the time, so if you cannot laugh at yourself... call me. I'll do it for you.