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Sidney Poitier---To Sir, With Love

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Sidney Poitier---To Sir, With Love

*** Deep in the face of dignity, there is a talent undefined by race Undefined by a simple phrase, designed for praise because of grace He raised the bar, he paved the way, he played each part with nobility He forged his way, he carved the day, with courage and humility In a racist world, he earned respect, where few before had found the way He crawled inside each role he played, and gave them life, so deep within He wore the skin, of many men, with a gentle wind's resistance One early role, that stirred the pot, a plot that pledged his love's fair skin Yes! Shocking some!!.....But soon he'd find, applause for wedging understanding A cause that spiraled racial growth Another role where deadlocked chains, with ankles bound, were fugitives while on the run, we cheered them on........and viewers too, unlocked old ways "To Sir, With Love" above, beyond, his art would teach us how to change "Mister Tibbs!!"........he said it clear!!....."Don't call me BOY! Don't you dare!" We believed in what we heard, courageous rage, that we could cheer! He sang with nuns while we clapped hands.......they built a church in desert sand He won awards for gentle grace, and won a place in history He warmed the screen with soul and truth, and paved the way for striving youth who want to be a legend too, be it black or white or green or blue Bahamian bred, Defiant One, Ambassador, Freedom's reward Against all odds, he logged his time, to change the tide of narrow minds A winsome smile, with deeper lines, that swayed the Lillies of the Field...
____________________________________________________ For Franks Contest: 6/21/13

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  1. Date: 2/14/2014 8:08:00 PM

    A great actor who never made a mediocre movie.

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 9:43:00 PM

    Congratulations on your winning poem, Carrie......... always enjoying your wins.... LINDA

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 8:42:00 AM

    love YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE STAR pick........... luv .............. SKAT

  1. Date: 9/17/2013 8:32:00 AM

    A deserving win, and moreover, a worthy tribute to a fine actor and humanist. RAY

  1. Date: 9/15/2013 8:13:00 PM

    We definitely have similar taste when it comes to movies my friend!...I remember seeing 'To Sir' in 1967 (?) and it is one of my all-time favorites and of course, Lulu's theme song became a MONSTER hit...I bought the CD last year and gave it to my daughter who is a teacher and who had become discouraged because of rowdy students and was considering resigning...She is still teaching by the way...Congrats of course...A well deserved 1st place win! - Tim

  1. Date: 9/15/2013 6:20:00 PM

    what a great movie to base your awesome poem on...good job with this one Carrie, you have penned it perfectly...congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 8/5/2013 9:40:00 PM

    "To Sir, With Love" is a classic that I have been watching my whole life. This is such a great tribute poem. Wonderful job!

  1. Date: 6/30/2013 4:39:00 AM

    Saw the Movie today...again...never tires me....can you imagine ...the film without him? Was made especially for him...if not by design...then by virtue...A more Charismatic man ...there never was...another thing...can you imagine him as a villain? That would go against nature....Very Well done CARRIE...very well done.

  1. Date: 6/25/2013 7:56:00 AM

    I think this poem is definitely a winner. You can't go wrong with Sidney Poitier as the subject. To Sir With Love has been my absolute favorite movie since I first saw it as a child.

  1. Date: 6/25/2013 12:26:00 AM

    Yes! One of the greats....every role he played unforgettable. Great writing Carrie. Elaine

  1. Date: 6/22/2013 6:55:00 PM

    great write! awakens more than just his talent on the screen..........you helped us noticed this. randy

  1. Date: 6/22/2013 3:56:00 PM

    One hell of a tribute and a wam bam ending! A winner in my book and I'd bet frank's too! Thanks always for stopping by my verses and all your kind comments! Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 11:27:00 PM

    Excellent. Sydney Poiter is a great actor. You have well penned here. Enjoyed reading it. Tfs

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 7:31:00 PM

    Awesome write carrie...loved every word because its the truth!!! Sydney poitier was a pioneer and he paved the way for so many with dignity, class and grace...I respect him so much as an actor, they dont make them like him anymore....I love to sir, with love and also a patch of blue. I think thats the name. Thanks 4 sharing really enjoyed reading:0) x cherie...

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 5:41:00 PM

    This is great, I still like to sir with love. You did a wonderful job of telling his story. Well done Carrie.