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Head of the Class

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Head of the Class

My heart sank
That buttery sweet voice
summoning me to the front of the class
I stood there chalk in hand
shoulders slumped
The question you asked
for the answer you knew
You chose not to teach
rather to embarrass
I was not a welcome guest
Hallowed halls of learning not my home
I stared emotionless
blackboard covered in dust
Laughter filled the room
Still I could shrink no further
oh how I wished to disappear
You called on one of the special ones
perfect clothing
perfect smile
a joy to behold
She removed the burden from my hand
I returned to my place of shame
sitting at the head of the class

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  1. Date: 6/8/2013 1:40:00 PM

    Richard, I love this. So much depth of feeling conveyed in so few lines! I am a teacher educator and I will SO share this with my students as we talk about how (or how NOT to) to build relationships with students. Thank you. m

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/8/2013 1:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Marie I am honored that you wish to share my poem with your class. Hugs Rick. What subject and age group do you teach?
  1. Date: 4/7/2013 6:06:00 AM

    Sorry to read this Richard, must admit I had some hard lessons at school. You get good and bad teachers, just wished I hadn't been such a daydreamer. You put this feeling over very well in this write, well done. Take care, Richard

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 4/8/2013 6:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Richard. Time can be the great equalizer.
  1. Date: 4/6/2013 6:14:00 PM

    I don't know why you wrote this poem. To me you are very smart. I was never at the head of the class. Thanks for sharing......Lucilla

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 4/6/2013 11:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My teacher had me at the head(front) of the class to keep an eye on me. Part of my past that thankfully has long passed.
  1. Date: 4/5/2013 8:55:00 PM

    O THIS BLACK BLACKBOARD... But God has His own way and I'm happy you are now, not at the head of the class, but at the front, teaching in such a wonderful hearty way because you know what suffering IS. Very nice piece, Rick! You are a treasure on the Soup! Hugs, Hanitra

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 4/6/2013 7:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am moved by your words Hanitra.
  1. Date: 4/5/2013 1:26:00 PM

    This pained me very much, Richard. Just want you to know that I did read it. I find it hard to comment. Good write.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 4/5/2013 7:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Eileen a little piece of the past.
  1. Date: 4/5/2013 9:29:00 AM

    Wow, this breaks the heart of every child (or adult) that has ever felt this way.....the feelings of shame, embarassment, is something one never forgets........and the lack of understanding from those who never have experienced such a feeling.....compounds the pain. Excellent poem!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 4/5/2013 9:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Carrie, all worked out well in the end.
  1. Date: 4/5/2013 2:55:00 AM

    wow Richard so visual, although i have been down the same road, so i could feel the poem also...

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 4/5/2013 6:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am sorry to hear that Harry. Things do have a way of equaling out in the end.
  1. Date: 4/4/2013 8:49:00 PM

    thank you for your kind words.just when I think I got it under control something gives me a hard shove and I start all over.take care.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 4/5/2013 6:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am still praying for you this morning.
  1. Date: 4/4/2013 8:19:00 PM

    wow, I LOVE how you made yourself head of the class. Great tongue in cheek!!! This is excellent writing. It's obvious from your writing, you had talent that she just didn't see.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 4/4/2013 8:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Andrea that is a nice thing to say.