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Jean Colonomos


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Blessed art thou, Miss Corchran,
Patron Saint of first grade.
With your magical wood wand,
you’d point to the numbers on the blackboard
and instruct us to add and subtract the sums.
 
Blessed art thou, Miss Corchran,
Patron Saint of first grade.
You’d warm our wet woolen mittens
to they’d be toasty when we went home.
 
Blessed art thou, Miss Corchran,
Patron Saint of first grade.
How kind you were to Nicki,
the freckled, red headed twin
who stood to read DICK and JANE
while pee puddled on the floor.
Blessed art thou, Miss Corchran,
Patron Saint of first grade.
You taught us that more than knowledge,
it was the teacher who mattered in life.
 
© by Jean Colonomos.
Used with the author’s permission.
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Jean Colonomos began her artist's journey in New York City as a professional modern dancer. Her last engagement was with the Martha Graham Dance Company. She has written about dance for Dance Magazine, The Village Voice, and other publications. Jean’s poetry has appeared in many publications, most recently The Rockford Review. She is also a playwright, earning first prize from the University of Southern Oregon for her verse play, CARRIE, and a citation from the City of Los Angeles for BLACK DAWN, a play about female victim survivors of the Pol Pot regime which was produced by Playwrights' Arena.

 

 


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peninsulapoet:
Lovely poem. Teachers need a good word these days.
Posted 06/01/2012 09:03 AM
vscholtz:
Doesn't this poem speak the truth! I am in a poetry group along with a retired kindergarten teacher. From her writing I know she put the KIND in kindergarten.
Posted 06/01/2012 08:57 AM


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