A first-grade teacher gave her kids a list,
five words and definitions for the week.
This study got across the basic gist
and spelling of the terms but failed to pique
real interest. They soon would comprehend
the teacher’s higher purpose was to show
that “neighbor, bully, hero, stranger, friend”
named types of people every child should know
about. To get the get the point across, she had
them use the words in sentences to cite
examples. Many named their mom and dad
as heroes. Others named the ones who fight
in wars, police, and firemen. Then she read
heart-wrenching sentences that made her cry.
Bob wrote a half-page paragraph instead
of just five sentences, but she saw why.
“My naybor is my friend and hero when
my dog got lost he found him sometimes school
is hard he helps me with my lessons. Then
he takes me fishin saturdys. Hes cool.
My mom ran off when I was only three.
My dad is like a stranger he dont care
about me and sometimes he bullys me.
My naybor cares about me and hes fair.”
Your real-life hero when YOU were a child--
was it a nurse, the one who made the goals,
a soldier, an explorer in the wild,
a caring neighbor with two fishing poles?
November 21, 2017, entered in Silent One's Hero Poetry Contest
June 3, 2019, entered in Line Gauthier's Compassion Poetry contest
June 13, 2019, entered in Richard Lamoureau's Move Me Contest
Copyright © Janice Canerdy | Year Posted 2017