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Recent poems by
Charles B. Neff


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Celebrating a Teacher
By Charles B. Neff   

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     Celebrating a Teacher
 
 
We met as she introduced
        seven and eight year olds
To the process of learning
        to be themselves.
Two classes, one room,
        special tasks for each of us.
Mine: read a book a week
        and tell her why I liked it.
She was twenty-three.
        Later, in her eighties, she
Put an ad in the local paper
        and contacted many of us.
Her own life
        was far from easy,
Yet still she checked
        to see how we were doing.
Three years ago
        I sent her some poems
And she sent back a thoughtful,
        hand-written critique .
Last year my Christmas card  
        got none in return
And I learned today that she 
        passed away at ninety-two.
 
History, we’re too often told,
        is facts and events.
But our personal one
        is so much a product
Of how we learn to learn
        and how we are taught.
It’s no accident that
        my fourth-grade year
Remains one of the most vivid
        of a lifetime,
And that my personal pantheon
        maintains a special place for
Martha Heap Pedroza,
        my teacher.
 
 
Charles B. Neff
12/13/11

 

 


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