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This month, I'm up to my fourth grade year, which was a pretty good one, though my family had moved again and I was in another new school. But, I'll leave anything more for the poem, below the orange squiggly dingbat.

       

Kalliope



Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.  


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Fourth Grade Memory

What I remember most
Of my fourth grade teacher
Was her encouragement
Of my artistic yearnings.

We were given an assignment
To draw freehand (not traced!)
A witch on her broomstick
Posted on the wall for Halloween.

She liked the one I did so much
That she encouraged classmates
To bring in moss for witch hair,
Pine needles for the broom bristles;

It became something of a class
Project, like a collage, as I recall.
I don't know if I can ever remember
Another time when a teacher

Liked something artistic
That I'd done as well as my
Fourth grade teacher liked
My freehand Halloween witch!

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    What I want to know is, who's going to pay for these crimes against humanity that those b@st@rds are perpetrating against the rest of us?

    by Kit RMP on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 02:00:02 PM PDT

  •  To my friends on the porch (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    RiveroftheWest, Kit RMP

    Wishes

    I am wishing for you
    comfort for your fears,
    loud, deep, releasing cries
    as you bury the dark skinned
    beloved ones too soon taken away

    my hearts arms reach for you
    wishing to hold your heart
    till it stops bleeding too much
    to survive, then lend you
    strength and courage

    to again rise up and keep on,
    over and over and over,
    holding each others hands
    eyes wide open, heads held high
    again, again, and again

    When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money. Cree Prophecy

    by scribe on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 05:36:22 PM PDT

    •  This didn't show up, when I wrote what I did below (1+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest

      Thank you, scribe, for this poem. It's heartfelt, and highly appropriate to what is going on in too many places, both in this country, and the world at large. Would that it were easier for all people to find in themselves and act in humane compassion, and harder to do so in judgmental abuse and death-dealing!

      What I want to know is, who's going to pay for these crimes against humanity that those b@st@rds are perpetrating against the rest of us?

      by Kit RMP on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 09:19:44 PM PDT

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  •  Wow, summer, and Ferguson (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    RiveroftheWest

    Guess nobody has that much time for poetry right now. I do appreciate the recommendations in the tip jar, and thank you for taking the time to read my humble poetic offerings.

    Hope things somehow turn around politically in this country. The  ugliness, it burns.

    What I want to know is, who's going to pay for these crimes against humanity that those b@st@rds are perpetrating against the rest of us?

    by Kit RMP on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 09:10:43 PM PDT

  •  Nice diary, Kit, and a very nice poem. (1+ / 0-)
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    Kit RMP

    Seems like everyone I know is down in the dumps right now, so thanks for recording a pleasant memory.

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