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THE ERASER CAME WITH SAGE ADVICE

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THE ERASER CAME WITH SAGE ADVICE

The eraser belonged to me; it was saved by my mother and returned along with many other 
childhood items when I became middle aged. I was curious as to why she would save a 
stubby old eraser from the primary grades, so she reminded me of its’ one and only use. My 
faded memory of that time suddenly became crystal clear, as my mother recounted for me a 
watershed episode from my formative years. 

I had, as they say these days “acted out in school once again,” this time by writing 
unspeakable words in a textbook. Without any hesitation or forethought, I chose as my 
repository the teachers’ edition of our English composition book. Quite frankly, at the time, I 
thought they were literary gems worthy of publication. That’s why I knowingly inscribed them 
there for all to see. Upon further review by more knowledgeable minds, it was determined 
corrective guidance and a phone call home was in order.
 
I was to spend several hours after school that day sweating in contemplative silence as I 
erased the teachers’ edition and many other similarly defaced books. It was during this time 
of reflection that I ground that eraser down to the stub as it remains today. The last visible 
vestiges of my bad expositions disappeared forever that hot afternoon, along with more than 
half of the eraser.

Mother then reminded me of what she overheard the Superintendent tell me, as she sat 
mortally ashamed and waiting for hours in the hallway outside that sweltering classroom. I 
can still visualize her ample adult size, trying in vain to get comfortable, in a sticky one 
armed desk made for a 5th grader.

“ John, I want you to try and remember this:
WHAT YOU SAY to others might last with them until THEY DIE.
But regretful WORDS YOU WRITE, the residue of which, will last long after YOU DIE. 
So you keep what’s left of this eraser and I hope you never need to use it again.”


*For the "Rub it out" contest, i still have the eraser.

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  1. Date: 11/16/2010 4:43:00 AM
    Great work..Congratulations on going into the second round..

  1. Date: 11/12/2010 12:03:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through the first round of the Poetrysoup site contest J.T. The best to you in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/10/2010 5:39:00 AM
    Congrats John on having this poem selected in the first round of competition in the P.S. contest luv.. good luck in the next phase ...

  1. Date: 9/2/2010 5:18:00 PM
    congrats on the feature, enjoyed your write..P.D.

  1. Date: 8/30/2010 7:20:00 AM
    Dear John ... what a wonderful lesson and what a beautiful way to teach it ... bravo congrates on being featured this week love Jayne x

  1. Date: 8/30/2010 6:04:00 AM
    Congratulations on your wonderful poetry being featured this week here at PoetrySoup John T. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/29/2010 2:36:00 PM
    Congrats John on your featured poem on the Soup this week my friend.. a nice piece to share with us all..with luv..

  1. Date: 6/7/2010 6:07:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved 1st place win in Paula's contest John. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/5/2010 11:51:00 AM
    John, I just knew this would place high, and not only that, it got first place!! WAY TO GO. Luv, andrea

  1. Date: 6/4/2010 6:36:00 PM
    Congrats!

  1. Date: 6/4/2010 6:18:00 PM
    I want to thank each and every one of you for your kind comments on the narrative, especially those regardng my mother. I am thrilled that something I composed reached out and touched a part of you. All the best. JT ... I am working on posting more narratives of poets' poem titles.

  1. Date: 6/4/2010 5:19:00 PM
    Congrats on the first place win

  1. Date: 6/4/2010 4:11:00 PM
    What a wonderful story and what a wise teacher and thoughtful mother and congratulations for a lesson well earned and your masterpiece and win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 6/4/2010 3:57:00 PM
    I see why you have won 1st place!! What a wonderful story, John!! Your mother was a wise woman, and you were lucky to have such guidance!! Congratulations!!!

  1. Date: 6/4/2010 3:18:00 PM
    Congratulations on your first place win, a worthy winner. Enjoyed it very much :)

  1. Date: 6/4/2010 3:06:00 PM
    Congrats John on your 1st place win in the Eraser contest with this vivid write on the word eraser.. enjoy John ..u earned it well..with luv from the "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 6/4/2010 2:40:00 PM
    Awesome possum, but - Hey!!! also a naughty boy. That's darned kool with me. Many congrats John on your win in Paula's koolio poetry contest >> James

  1. Date: 6/4/2010 6:40:00 AM
    This is a great way to start my morning reading poetry. I am glad your poetry was among the poetry I have the pleasure to read today. Wishing you a weekend full of love and inspiration John. The best to you in the contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/4/2010 4:34:00 AM
    Now this, I can relate to. Very entertaining.

  1. Date: 6/3/2010 1:51:00 PM
    This is a funny story from your boyhood days, JOhn. You are certainly clever with a narrative, and this was made all the more enjoyable by the way that you ended it with your mother's words of wisdom and tellling us how you still had the stub of that eraser. Marvelous! andea

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