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A Tribute to Jack Russel

He was graced with long life as the work he required,
A present flame, aft he retired,
He deepened the souls that sat before him,
And made them express with written decorum.
He read their assignments with special attention
That challenged and called forth youth's finest rendition. 
He opened the door to a life well read,
His students entangled in Baalat's web.

Gazing back through the specularium of time 
One saw an intellect so immensely fine
That it slightly abashed those of higher grade,
His light joining their lights where others fade.
Moving on one lingered a bit in the past,
Still meeting challenges from his intellect, so vast.
That it scarce was contained 
In the role for him framed. 

His soul now borne upon the Stygian Lake
Leaves proper grammar trailing in its wake;
This gentle muse vanished in the night,
The curtains closed, doused the light.  
No need for stately obelisk oe'r his bier
To greet mournful pilgrims once a year;
For though he'll be long gone, 
The phallic symbol, he loved so, lives on.

Copyright © Boruch Fishman | Year Posted 2012

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  1. Date: 2/18/2016 11:20:00 AM

    BORUCH, Enjoyed the way you expressed every line. Please keep writing and sharing your poetry. LOVE LINDA
  1. Date: 12/5/2015 6:16:00 PM

    Boruch, I really enjoyed this poem thanks for sharing **SKAT**
  1. Date: 3/3/2014 8:49:00 AM

    Sounds like a fine tribute to Mr. Russell. Was he an educator? Peace & Blessings Matthew Anish
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  1. Date: 2/22/2012 5:56:00 AM

    A warm welcome to PoetrySoup I offer to you Boruch. I wish for you the best in your writing endeavors whatever they may be. May you find inspiration by reading some of the poetry written here by other poets. May the sun shine on you that you might find great joy in your life. Love, Carol
  1. Date: 2/22/2012 3:34:00 AM

  1. Date: 2/22/2012 2:52:00 AM

    Welcome in P Soup, Boruch, hope to reading alot poem written of you,and you are welcom to reading some of mine. - oxox Anne-Lise