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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Sewing (02/22/07)

TITLE: Ms Gannon
By Doris Thompson
02/25/07


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Everyone should know Ms Gannon
The Home Economics teacher I had
With glasses so thick, and smile so warm
To be in her class I was glad.

I couldn’t sew very well,
To cook I was even worse
But the personal time and patience she gave
Made me think I was first.

She saw in me something I couldn’t see
One who with her urging
Could do anything she set her mind to do
If she could keep me from “fudging”

With each apron or skirt
With each pattern so lined
I did my best to please her
She was so gentle and kind.

Only once did I cheat
Much to my regret
For my mind was on boys
And not on the project.

I sewed and I hemmed
The skirt in my hand
Carelessly I hurried in my assignment
For I had other plans

Next day when she examined my craft
Holding the material close to her nose
I held my breath for I just knew I was sunk
And I nearly froze

“Go hem it again,” I heard her say
“The stitches are too wide and on a run”
Really she knew I could do better
But I had opted for having fun.

Next day, even though I had done nothing to it,
I sheepishly handed her my assignment
But to my amazement, this time she praised me
She was not able to see it was still out of alignment.

For truly in having some youthful fun,
Dishonesty was not my style
But soon to be 50 years later,
I tell the story with a smile.

I get out my sewing machine and to my regret
It brought back many fond memories I'll never forget.
Remembering Ms Gannon with glasses so thick
And the day I sheepishly got by playing a trick.


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Michelle Burkhardt03/01/07
I liked your cute poem. Teachers can be such inspirations. I bet Ms. Gannon would be honored. Nice Job.
Donna Emery03/05/07
A good lesson. I'll bet your conscience was bothering you for some time after that. To think you remember that after all these years! A realistic story. Keep writing!
Patricia Casey03/06/07
I would never have thought of writing a poem for the writing challenge. Well done.

In Jesus' Name,

Patricia