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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bark is Worse than His/Her Bite (10/17/13)

TITLE: The Headmaster
By Margaret Kearley
10/24/13


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There was a man with a voice like thunder
whose eyes held the strength of a laser beam.
There was a man who ruled with a justice
unbending and rigid in formal extreme.
With billowing gown his step unfaltering
trod with firm pace his walkways of rule
and quivering pupils would listen attentive
for the sound of the voice, for his step through the school.


There was a man whose heart of justice
was clothed with a cloak of compassion, his keen
sharp laser eye detected the suffering
pain of the vulnerable, to others unseen.
There was a man whose words of harshness
sometimes would soften with unexplained sigh.
There was a man who always would listen
and sometimes they’d glint a tear in his eye.


There was a man who knew each pupil’s
potential and promise, the wise and the fool
would grow ‘neath impartial and unyielding firmness
and value his disciplined unbending rule.
There was a man whose stern outer surface
appeared an impenetrable strong barricade
but hidden, there flourished a God-centred servant
for there was a man who prayed.


There was a man who shaped my future
though he ne’er guessed, never heard, never knew.
There was a man who departed life early
for he had done all God had for him to do.
There was a man with a voice like thunder
that made fearful pupils quiver, and yet
there was man who shaped lives by the thousand.
There was a man I will never forget.


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Bonnie Rose Hudson10/25/13
That was a beautiful tribute to an obviously very special man.
Danielle King 10/25/13
I thought you were describing my headmaster from the 60's, he sounds a perfect fit. Your poem was a lovely tribute to a man who's obviously made a lasting impression on you. Powerful delivery and creative for the topic. Loved it.
Judith Gayle Smith10/25/13
Exquisite and poignant. To be remembered like this expands the hearts of all who teach as well as all who learn . . .
CD Swanson 10/27/13
Beautiful! Amen.

God bless~
Danielle King 10/31/13
Congratulations on your EC placing Margaret. This lovely poem brought back fond memories of my own school days.
Verna Cole Mitchell 10/31/13
Lovely poem--lovely tribute. I wish I could have been one of his students--or teachers.
Congratulations on your EC placement.
Noel Mitaxa 10/31/13
You have packed so much into this very warm and powerful tribute that deserves its recognition.
Well done.
CD Swanson 10/31/13
Congratulations! God bless~
Amelia Brown 10/31/13
I never had such headmaster, but your poem brought me into his world. A very influential person I presumed. Very nicely done, congrats.
Bea Edwards 11/07/13
Grace-filled strength-what a tribute!