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Felix Pulls A Complete Metamorphosis

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Robert E. Jordan
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Felix is suffering through ninth grade.  

Hes out in the hall,
beating another kid up.  

Hes got the kid down on the floor,
and hes pounding on him.  

A door opens up,
and his English teacher,
mean old Miss. Green pops out.  

She grabs Felix by the scruff of his scrawny neck,
and very lightly pounds his head against the wall,
just to attract his attention.

What are you doing this for?  
Youve got a good head on your shoulders.  
Why are you wasting your life like this?

Felix thinks to himself:

What is she talking about?  
Ive already flunked two grades?  
Then he remembers
all those silly I. Q. tests
hes taken.  

He always answered
all those dumb questions
before anyone else.  
He gets to leave early.  

Maybe I ought to give
this school thing a try.  

There might be money in it."

Thanks Miss. Green.  

Bobby

[This message has been edited by Robert E. Jordan (03-11-2008 06:15 PM).]

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Margherita
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1 posted 03-11-2008 05:45 PM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Indeed a very positive outcome! And I do hope Miss Green was able to watch Felix while he made up for former wasting of time. And there is nothing more touching with regard to education than to express gratitude to a teacher.

Enjoyed this, dear Bobby.

Love,
Margherita
JamesMichael
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2 posted 03-11-2008 05:46 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Enjoyed...James
LadyTom
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Very good. Smart teacher because she knew Felix. Sigh!!
Robert E. Jordan
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4 posted 03-11-2008 06:10 PM       View Profile for Robert E. Jordan   Email Robert E. Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Robert E. Jordan

Margherita,

I can honestly say, Miss Green saved my life.  She seemed to care about bad kids.  She also took an interest in a friend.  My friend and I constantly skipped school together.  You just couldn't keep us in class.

We have both done well.

This took place in 1953.  Im sure Miss Green is long dead, as she was about fifty then.  My friend and I both hated her then.

Bobby
Robert E. Jordan
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James,

Thanks for the kind words.  I'm pleased you liked the poem.

Bobby
Robert E. Jordan
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LadyTom,

I think Miss Green knew everyone.  It's said that she had eyes in the back of her head.

What followed after that was academic success--a full academic scholarship to Penn, State Science Fair prizes, the works.

Bobby
Marchmadness
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7 posted 03-11-2008 09:33 PM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

Well, sounds like to me we need more Miss Greens in the world but I think Felix deserve a lot of credit. Not everyone is smart enough to take good advice.
                                 Ida
Robert E. Jordan
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Ida,

Miss Green was mean, and tough.  It was years later that I came to realize what a good and kind woman she was.  As I say, she probably saved my life.

Bobby
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Especially in 9th grade...LOL

Thanks for another glimpse!
Robert E. Jordan
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Matronmedusa,

Yes, ninth grade was tough, ninth grade, from what I understand is always tough.

My greatest joy back then was sneaking out of school.

Bobby
Toerag
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Yea, same thing happened to me...teacher was shaking me and telling me she thought the devil had a hold of me...(At the moment, I tended to agree).
Robert E. Jordan
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Thanks Toerag,

I'm pleased you could relate to this one.

That devil's always messing with people.

Bobby
Roniece Dawson-Bruce
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I'm pleased Felix listened to Miss Green Bobby, she sounds like she knows a thing or two.. love RDB

Be kind at heart....for everyone you meet has their own battle to fight.........

Robert E. Jordan
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RDB,

Yes, Miss. Green was very helpful to Felix, and to his friend and fellow "escape from class artist".

Perhaps she felt sorry for us.

Bobby
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Nice reflective write Bobby. Good stuff. Take care and Have fun. Steve

Artic Wind
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Enjoyed the Write

ARCTIC WIND
Robert E. Jordan
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Steve,

Thanks for the kind words.  Im glad you liked it.

Artic Wind,

Thanks for reading and commenting.  Im pleased you enjoyed it.

Bobby
Earl Brinkman
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18 posted 12-04-2010 07:37 AM       View Profile for Earl Brinkman   Email Earl Brinkman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Earl Brinkman

It is comforting to hear that teachers can have such a positive influence upon students.  Way to go Felix!
 
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