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December 22, 2012
By sashab SILVER, New York, New York
sashab SILVER, New York, New York
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The top of his bald head
Was perpetually shiny.
Tiny beads of sweat
Constantly formed
On his upper lip.
Always the same
Old, smelly handkerchief
Tucked away
In his breast pocket
Put to use many times a class
Never failing to soak up the dabs of
On his bland face
That you would never pick out of a crowd.
I could count on
His khakis
Were just a bit too short
Day after day.
His button-downs
Were always faded shades of pastels
Drab and unimaginative.
I remember finding it impossible
To differentiate
Between his words.
One just rolled onto the next
Blending together
Sinking in as one monotonous blob.
He used to call me e.e. cummings
As a joke
Because I wrote in all lowercase.
I never thought it was funny.

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on Feb. 2 2014 at 7:43 pm
theSunfloweredCrow PLATINUM, Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
"Can't keep my eyes from the circling sky,
Tongue-tied and twisted
Just an earth-bound misfit, I"
~Pink Floyd

"Now is blessed
The rest
remembered "

~Jim Morrison

You have great tone in this poem.

on Nov. 21 2013 at 10:11 pm
DancerNicole BRONZE, Topeka, Kansas
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Favorite Quote:
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.

Your a natural poet. Keep writing, I enjoyed this.

on Oct. 26 2013 at 6:00 pm
MarieEsther PLATINUM, Miami, Florida
33 articles 0 photos 11 comments
There's something very haunting about this poem even though it's imagery is seemingly innocent; it really makes you wonder as to what the whole story is behind this. Very well done, you manage to envelop so much meaning in simple lines. 

on Oct. 21 2013 at 12:53 pm
fairygabby99 BRONZE, Blacksburg, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"If you are reading this, you can read!"

This is great! It made me look at poetry diffrently, well done. 

on Oct. 17 2013 at 3:47 pm
AudreyAKAThatWriterGirl GOLD, New York, New York
11 articles 0 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
"But sometimes it's 9am on a tuesday morning and you're standing at the kitchen bench waiting for the toast to pop up. And the smell of dusty sunlight and earl gray tea makes you miss him so much you don't know what to do with your hands." - Scanlan

I've never been a big fan of poetry but I love this! Congrats on getting published in the magazine!

on Oct. 13 2013 at 10:02 am
casalways7 BRONZE, Framingham, Massachusetts
3 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
Courage is the one thing no one can ever take away from you -Chris Colfer

that is a great poem!! It is so relateable and well writtten.  It reminded me a lot of my math teacher from last year

freeday15 GOLD said...
on Oct. 8 2013 at 5:08 pm
freeday15 GOLD, Paramus, New Jersey
18 articles 0 photos 62 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Love is Blind" i truly believe in this it is in all of my pieces, and if u read between the lines then u will find it there...

Really enjoyed reading that. It reminded me of some of my teachers. The word choice was really good and the way you explained things added a twist at the end.

starkem said...
on Oct. 7 2013 at 5:19 pm
This is a great free verse poem! The imagery is wonderful, and the word choice is outstanding! Great poem =)

on Oct. 4 2013 at 12:29 pm
thatunknownthing DIAMOND, Dubai, Other
67 articles 0 photos 208 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift; that's why they call it the present"

interesting read! congratulations to you and keep up the work!

on Oct. 1 2013 at 7:40 pm
ChrisJ PLATINUM, Rochester, New York
24 articles 15 photos 289 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Wonderfully told and delightfully entertaining. I feel that I have known this teacher for a very long time with the specific descriptions that you used. How fascinating this piece is.......great job and congrats on the publication!