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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Childhood (09/03/09)

TITLE: The Kid that Sat in the Corner
By Allen Stark
09/04/09


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He always tried to say things,
But the teacher always said it was time
for him to be quiet.
"Stop your stuttering!"
He always seemed to have just one more question.
The teacher never had enough time to answer,
so he wrote words and drew pictures of what he wanted to say.

Sometimes he would just scribble.
Once when I walked by his desk in the corner,
I saw a picture of sky and trees and grass—
a few words describing it.

It really made me feel good as I read.
His eyes smiled at me through thick glasses.

After that, every time he would sit in the corner,
I would ask to sharpen my pencil,
so I could go by and see
what nice things he had drawn or written.

I think he knew I liked his pictures and reading what he wrote,
and I think I liked him.

One day the teacher said he couldn't draw, or write his own words…
He had to learn how to make a square box.

“That's what I want you to do!”
She took away his paper and pencil… gave him some brown square paper.

He sat looking at the square brown paper, not drawing.

The teacher in an unfriendly voice said,"Why don't you make a nice square box like Jimmy?"

Instead, when she wasn't looking, he found a yellow marker and drew a sun.
When she saw it…she was mad.
She took away his yellow marker.
She took away his bright yellow sun,
and his smile.

He moved away that summer.
I never saw him again.
Some say he became a teacher of English and creative writing.
Does anyone know whatever became of the kid that sat in the corner?


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Lisa Johnson 09/10/09
How sad that a teacher took away his joy like that...I am glad you were his friend, even if just for a little while. Maybe he is writing on FW, and will recognize himself?
Joy Faire Stewart09/11/09
The descriptions are so vivid, my heart broke for this little boy. Excellent writing when you can stir emotions in your reader.
Margaret Gass09/12/09
If he became a teacher, I'm sure he's a far better one than the teacher he had. Thank you for having wisdom beyond your years, and for standing in his corner.
stanley Bednarz 09/13/09
Nice writng style. Cool ending.
Rachel Burkum09/15/09
Mmm... I like it. Touching. Thought-provoking. Glad you wrote and submitted it. :)
larry troxell 09/17/09
allen, i'm not a poet but i could picture the kid in the corner as i read your story. we have many great teachers but it is so sad to see one who limits the creativity of a child.
Diana Dart 09/18/09
Raw and emotional, I was gripped and left very moved by this entry. Thanks for writing!