This excerpt from Paul Lawrence Dunbar's The Seedling is dedicated to Herbert Martin, a teacher who embodies the essence of poetry.
"Little folks, be like the seedling,
Always do the best you can;
Every child must share life's labor
Just as well as every man.
And the sun and showers will help you
Through the lonesome, struggling hours,
Till you raise to light and beauty
Virtue's fair, unfading flowers."