Poems Written by Teachers
10 Brave Substitute Teachers
by Margy Ferguson a.k.a. "Magoo"
10 brave substitutes, came to school on time;
one got the flu and then there were 9.
9 brave substitutes, think they're really great;
one forgot her long division, then there were 8.
8 brave substitutes, floated down from heaven;
one lost her red pen, and then there were 7.
7 brave substitutes, learning all the tricks;
one didn't check the spelling tests, and then there were 6.
6 brave substitutes, glad to be alive;
one forgot his recess duty, then there were 5.
5 brave substitutes, whining that they're poor;
one moved to Oregon, and then there were 4.
4 brave substitutes, happy as can be;
one had an all-day field trip, and then there were 3.
3 brave substitutes, they know what to do;
one was lost--no lesson plans--and then there were 2.
2 brave substitutes, glad the day was done;
one signed a contract, and then then there was 1.
1 brave substitute, blue and all alone;
she ate the school lunch, and then there were none.
***bowing to thunderous applause***
I Love You
A child grabs my hand in "ownership."
"Teacher," he calls me. "Miss ______."
I call the roll and, instead of his name,
he answers this, "I love you."
What do I say while the others laugh?
I'm choked with emotion; words fail me.
I have to do something, I know in my heart,
But the words are so sweet, so lovely.
An "angel" is heckled for loving.
I have to reprove him - I do,
Just to set an example
So the others won't act up, too.
But the words don't stop with the laughter,
And the "angel" is not quite through.
When the other kids giggle, "He loves her,"
He stands up and cries, "But I do!"
And my heart sort of pulls at my chest now
As I call the names left on the list.
But my heart is waiting to hear once more
The words that I already miss..."I love you."