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Topic: Teacher (10/26/06)
TITLE: A Perplexed Miss Carter
By Laurie Glass
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Although ‘twas locked, and students gone,
Faint voices she began to hear,
And wondered what was going on.
The ones above the blackboard spoke.
Such interesting things she heard,
Of how they felt about themselves
And how they felt inside a word.
When students see me as their grade,
They seem so disappointed, sad.
It’s hard to be a d, you know,
When parents see me, they get mad.
Discussed their likeness, m and n,
Resemblance can’t be denied,
The v and w the same,
Though one is thin and one is wide.
It seems they’d get along, but no,
All jealous of the letter i,
For it’s in caps when all alone
And all the rest just can’t see why.
When silent, sometimes overlooked,
The e endures some lonely times.
And then when c takes place of s,
Accused of sneaky, stealing crimes.
In awe, Miss Carter scratched her head,
For she could not believe her ears.
She never knew they felt this way,
Not even once throughout the years.
A bitter, angry o piped up,
When doubled, looks like wedding rings,
Yet known as single, satisfied,
And doesn’t want to think such things.
The g and h by contrast, though,
Announced they love their wedded bliss,
When put together, make one sound,
Yet f does not think much of this.
When k told q to take a hike,
Did not set well with pretty girl,
“You think I’m useless, but I know
That you’re just jealous of my curl.”
Miss Carter stood there wondering
If others could these statements hear.
All seemed to be a little odd,
And yet the voices were so clear.
R started laughing, told some jokes,
Seemed tension then began to ease.
Then b, t, j and l chimed in,
For they’re the ones who like to please.
The y seemed quiet, set apart,
Was hesitant to join the fun,
Confused about identity,
A vowel, consonant, which one?
Z couldn’t stand frivolity
Began to pick on his friend x,
Yet not like him to cause a fuss,
The p and u stood by, perplexed.
Then a the leader that he is
Spoke up and got them settled down.
“We’re special, ev’ryone, you know,
Just look how long we’ve been around.”
So deep in thought of comments heard,
Miss Carter startled by a beep.
Imagine the relief she felt,
This only happened in her sleep.
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