Honorable Mention 2009 African American Poetry Contest. Shands Jacksonville Hospital. February 2009.
The new headmaster
surveys the slate of history lessons
horror-smeared with red war-gashes and bankruptcy blues.
He wipes the blotched board,
erases hate, prejudice and torture,
claps the felt blocks: "yes-we-can",
and releases clouds of hope;
chalks a fresh algorithm
with bold strokes:
tolerance, science and green energy.
Everyone gets homework
for this ambitious class project
The teacher will grade himself the most rigorously.
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|Reviewed by Joan Huffman
|For those who didn't discern the deeper thrust...the headmaster is Barack Obama!|
|Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo
|What a wonderfully vivid portrait of the new headmaster you paint! A fresh and smart write, beautifully penned and well deserving of honorable mention! ~Elizabeth|
|Reviewed by Gene Williamson
|Would that every child had this headmaster.
Honorable mention indeed. -gene.
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|Apt, timely, and very meaningful, Joan. Thank you. Love and peace to you,
|Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat
A wonderful story about an upbeat teacher that wants to show good instead of bad. My teacher husband also grades himself. Any good teacher would.
|Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle
|Great and excellent poem,take care :-)