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Teacher's Pet

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Teacher's Pet

In every class I’ve taken yet
There’s one who longs to be
A brown-nose, suck-up teacher’s pet
And man, it bothers me!

The one who always answers first
Or quickly volunteers
To hand out what must be dispersed
Ahead of all her peers.

The one who helps the teacher out
With every chore and mission;
Whose smiles are phony, there’s no doubt,
Just like a politician.

The one who needs the spotlight’s glow
And thus, appears quite greedy;
But more than likely, that’s not so – 
She’s probably just needy.

Yet from the teacher’s point of view,
That pet makes life real easy.
The rest of us, however, find
Such actions really cheesy.

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  1. Date: 4/14/2013 8:05:00 PM
    I love everything you do. Soupmail.

  1. Date: 4/13/2013 2:30:00 PM
    Another provocative write Ilene... You are great~A.O

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 4:34:00 AM
    OH WOW!!! Ilene...it's really hard not to be partial to the kid who is being super nice and who makes your load easier. Teachers are humans after all, and we are usually able to discern who is genuine and who is trying to get extra favor...but when you are frazzled...and genuine or fake helper is a blessing! ;) No...I do know what you mean, though. Partiality is not good...Hugs!

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 1:37:00 AM
    '...brown-nose, suck-up,' oh yes, we've all known 'em! Cadence smooth as silk and marvelous abab rhyming. BRAVO Ilene!! Best wishes, Keith (PS thank you for you kind remarks on my work... they are greatly appreciated.)

  1. Date: 4/11/2013 5:59:00 PM
    Our parents teach us ,often without knowing, how to get our way in life. Takes all kinds. Thanks for your poem!

  1. Date: 4/11/2013 4:35:00 PM
    You can be so humane while your expressing your dismay. It's not easy being cheesy. :)