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Mike
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0 posted 10-09-1999 03:49 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Mike

My youth was one of vicissitude,
...We moved from town to town,
My life was one of loneliness,
...To cope I played the clown.

When you're a child and have no friends,
...Life can be so cruel,
It hurts so much to be unseen,
...And so I played the fool.

Every year a different school,
...The new kid in the class,
Teachers did not like my wit,
...Instead they thought was sass.

That was until my freshman year,
...I still recall the day,
When Mrs. James called out my name,
...For after class to stay.

Mike, she said, you talk so much,
...A lawyer you should be,
There is no doubt that you can do,
...work better than a C.

Then she smiled and said that's all,
...I then went on my way,
I doubt she ever gave a thought,
...To what she did that day.

Soon we moved, another school,
...But I was not the same,
Since the day a teacher cared,
...Enough to call my name.

Now I'm grown, no more a clown,
...I've often thought to reach,
A teacher who by simple act,
...Did so much more than teach.
© Copyright 1999 Mike - All Rights Reserved
U K Hero
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1 posted 10-09-1999 03:51 PM       View Profile for U K Hero   Email U K Hero   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for U K Hero

well done, It was a pleasure to read.
Shar
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2 posted 10-09-1999 03:53 PM       View Profile for Shar   Email Shar   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Shar

Good teachers are real blessing. It's nice to see them acknowledged. A wonderful poem.
Shar
Echo Rhayne
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3 posted 10-09-1999 03:58 PM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

You should track down this teacher and give her the poem, I think she would like to see that she made in impact in a students life. Great dedication, was a pleasure to read!


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Pepper
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4 posted 10-09-1999 04:11 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Wouldn't it be wonderful if Mrs. James was ever to get to read this tribute!........really a great read Mike

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May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
Denise
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5 posted 10-09-1999 04:30 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Mike, this brought tears to my eyes! What a loving tribute to Mrs.James! I have often been thinking of late, especially in terms of my grandchildren, of the impact of my words and actions on their little hearts and what they will remember when they think of Mom-Mom in their later years! I aim to leave a good impression and leave them with memories golden. As Mrs. James did for you!
If she is still around, I hope you can track her down and get this to her. I'm sure it will warm her heart!

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Denise
John Yaws
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6 posted 10-09-1999 04:37 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

Excellent work. Rhyming, symetrical, without being pretentious.


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7 posted 10-09-1999 04:43 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Excellent work, Mike. The world needs more people like Mrs. James......but not more lawyers.
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8 posted 10-09-1999 05:32 PM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

There are several posts in the original Open Poetry forum about teachers and the long-lasting impact good ones can have on our lives, but none more eloquent than this poem. Those of us fortunate enough to find one (and we rarely find more than one) will remember them for the rest of our lives.

It's good to see you posting again, Mike. You've been sorely missed, and this tribute to Mrs. James epitomizes exactly why…
freespiritfem
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9 posted 10-09-1999 05:53 PM       View Profile for freespiritfem   Email freespiritfem   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for freespiritfem

Wonderful!!! As Denise replied, i also am teary eyed...I Loved it!!!

Huggs!!!

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Paula Diane S.
Nan
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10 posted 10-09-1999 06:20 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

On behalf of teachers everwhere, Mike - I sincerely thank you.... ...You're awesome!!
Mike
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11 posted 10-09-1999 10:11 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Thank you all for your very gracious comments...
 
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