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Schoolmarm

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suthern
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on the threshold of a dream


0 posted 08-14-99 08:33 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for suthern

The schoolmarm and the pastor
Led such a sheltered life.
He said "Hello" on Sundays;
She longed to be his wife.
And anything to please him
Was not too much to ask.
She'd pull down the stars for him
And in his praises bask.
She had once been a loving soul
Showed that side to a few.
But as she watched her hero
She knew that wouldn't do.
So she became judgmental,
Critical of every flaw.
Whatever might find his favor
Became the schoolmarm's law.
She pointed out each person's sins
Her words were most unkind.
But to the changes in herself
The old maid was quite blind.
All she knew was that he smiled
At her and gave a bow.
So she became an expert
At holier-than-thou.
She built a comfy little nest
On spirits she had broken
As she waited for those words
The pastor left unspoken.
One day the pastor took a bride
And shocked more than a few.
He warned her of the schoolmarm:
"Be careful of that shrew."
© Copyright 1999 suthern - All Rights Reserved
Toerag
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1 posted 08-14-99 08:39 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Just goes to show ya! It's not the liquor or the drugs that pass into your mouth...it's what comes out.....and another thing.....Ya see?...If she was doing that to someone like me....she wouldn't have been able to find a single solitary "flaw?"....course....Pastor Toerag doesn't really have a "ring" to it does it?....Reverend Toerag?...Nope.....Parsons Toe?.....Nope...I may couldda been a nun?....Sister Toe?
suthern
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2 posted 08-14-99 08:44 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Toerag: Now sweets.... you know you're not quite perfect. *G* There is that patience thing... or lack thereof! LOL. But I like Reverend Toerag... I certainly revere you! *G* (Brother Toerag won't do... I don't feel at all sisterly towards you! LOL.)

I do wonder at those who live to condemn others... it would be nice to take a peek and see what St. Peter has to say to them! *G*
elvira
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3 posted 08-14-99 09:09 PM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

enjoyable poem, suthern
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4 posted 08-14-99 09:37 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Suthern, this is a wonderful poem, well written and with a good message to it. It boggles the mind to think how good you could be without that unspeakable, evil influence hanging over you! Please write more. I really enjoy your style!
Seymour Tabin
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5 posted 08-14-99 09:42 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Suthern, this is a wonderful poem, with a message.
Lorelei54
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6 posted 08-14-99 09:46 PM       View Profile for Lorelei54   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lorelei54

Kudo's to you Mistress Suthern'
I know that you are not
A schoolmarm or a shrew
But this poem tells me
What more you ought to do.

Write poems sweet lady.
This is great.
Nan
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7 posted 08-15-99 09:00 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Was he a Suthern Baptist?....
Very nicely done, I say!!!
LngJhnAg
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8 posted 08-15-99 11:38 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Belle

You really messed up this time. You let your talent a wee bit too far out of the bag. Now, we all will expect more, and you will no longer be able to sit by silently without urgings from us. This was a really well-structured poem with a terrific moral. I loved how quickly and smoothly I found myself at the last line. Reading poetry, it seems to me, should be pleasurable and uplifting. You've done both for me in this poem.

(If Redwriter happens to come by this way, don't believe a word you read about my "kitty" poem.)
Sue
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9 posted 08-15-99 11:47 AM       View Profile for Sue   Email Sue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sue

You've given a very light touch to a pretty heavy moral. Well done!
aziza
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10 posted 06-10-2007 08:45 PM       View Profile for aziza   Email aziza   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for aziza

Man, gives food for thought, doesn't it.  Good poetry - wonderful lesson.

A
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11 posted 11-12-2007 09:11 PM       View Profile for Artic Wind   Email Artic Wind   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artic Wind

Enjoyed

ARCTIC WIND
 
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