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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My Teacher

Mr. Harker

My 8th grade math teacher
his smooth bald head glistens
from the over head lights
in our classroom.

He's nuts about numbers,
waves his arms
and starts writing zeros on the board.
Carrying them on and on
to the next board
his arm circles.

A most important number, he says.
nil, oh, circle.

The additive identity of the integers.
Columbus egg,
naught, aught, null.

Place value systems.
place holder,
zero, blank, nix.

Me, I'm not sure.
I think
I'm barely more than

I've started to work on a novel in verse.  I don't know how far I'll get, but I thought you might enjoy this poem about one of my teachers.   Funny, for me it is very hard to write free verse for young children.  This poem is intended for middle graders.

I think everyone has a story about one of their teachers.  Do you?  Can you write a poem about your teacher?  See how many of your senses you can get into the poem.

1 comment:

  1. Joy,
    Best of luck you you and your novel in verse. If anyone can pull it off, you can.

    Linda A.