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Famous Superintendent Poems by Famous Poets

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by Masters, Edgar Lee
Then, with the ambition to prefix Honorable to my name,
And thus to win my children's admiration,
I ran for County Superintendent of Schools,
Spending my accumulations to win -- and lost.
That fall my daughter received first prize in Paris
For her picture, entitled, "The Old Mill" --
(It was of the water mill before Henry Wilkin put in steam.)
The feeling that I was not worthy of her finished me....Read More

by Masters, Edgar Lee
...I was just turned twenty-one,
And Henry Phipps, the Sunday-school superintendent,
Made a speech in Bindle's Opera House.
"The honor of the flag must be upheld," he said,
"Whether it be assailed by a barbarous tribe of Tagalogs
Or the greatest power in Europe."
And we cheered and cheered the speech and the flag he waved
As he spoke.
And I went to the war in spite of my father,
And followed the flag till I saw it...Read More

by Masters, Edgar Lee
...I was the Sunday school superintendent,
The dummy president of the wagon works
And the canning factory,
Acting for Thomas Rhodes and the banking clique;
My son the cashier of the bank,
Wedded to Rhodes' daughter,
My week day spent in making money,
My Sundays at church and in prayer.
In everything a cog in the wheel of things-as-they-are:
Of money, master and man, made white
Wit...Read More

by Masters, Edgar Lee
...Why did Albert Schirding kill himself
Trying to be County Superintendent of Schools,
Blest as he was with the means of life
And wonderful children, bringing him honor
Ere he was sixty?
If even one of my boys could have run a news-stand,
Or one of my girls could have married a decent man,
I should not have walked in the rain
And jumped into bed with clothes all wet,
Refusing medical aid....Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton

"What odds about a pound or two?" 
Exclaimed the great E. W. 
O'Sullivan at Cockatoo. 

The dockyard superintendent, he 
Was not at all what he should be -- 
He sneered at all this sympathy. 

So when he gave a man the sack 
O'Sullivan got on his track 
And straightway went and fetched him back. 

And with a sympathetic tear 
He'd say, "How dare you interfere, 
You most misguided engineer? 

"Your sordid manners please amend -- 
No man can possibly ...Read More

by Sandburg, Carl
...imitation pigeons,
And there were doctors for the sick,
And lawyers for people waiting in jail,
And a dog catcher and a superintendent of streets,
And telephones, water-works, trolley cars,
And newspapers with a splatter of telegrams from sister cities of Kalamazoo the round world over.

And the loafer lagging along said:
Kalamazoo, you ain’t in a class by yourself;
I seen you before in a lot of places.
If you are nuts America is nuts.
 And lagging along he said b...Read More

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