Speaking of great poetry..

Dig this:

Mrs Key even wrote  !

Mrs. Key was my eleventh grade English teacher, and she was a good one. Here she is from my 1961 Manatee High School Year Book:

The year before when I was in her class she taught 11th grade. What I remember most about her is one of our assignments. She gave us a list of names with the assignment to research and write papers on them. It turned out that they were all accomplished African Americans. This was in 1960, before integration.

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10 Responses to Speaking of great poetry..

  1. Anna Page says:

    I read this strip a long time ago, but then it ended with “Fly me”. Did I remember wrong? Or maybe “Take me” was too much for whatever publication I read it in? Life is a mysterium and I’m getting old…

    • budgra5_wp says:

      Wow. You remember it. Anna, you got to get a life. But I wouldn’t doubt that my copy editor changed it to “Fly me”. He probably did. Thanks for pointing that out.

  2. Bobby Bennett says:

    We all remember that assignment, and how ignorant we all were. I also remember having to go to Tampa to find some of the names. Ms. Irma didn’t have the reference resources in the public library. I kept that list for decades, but it’s long lost. Anyone still have a copy?

    • budgra5_wp says:

      Don’t be confused. Bobby is a woman. If I remember correctly, she was third in the race for valedictorian. She was very smart and also the youngest member of our class. Bobby, I believe that I still have a copy of my paper on that assignment. Also, was Mrs. Key junior or senior English?

      • Averill Vanderipe Summer says:

        I think she was senior year. The main thing I remember about that class was Gene Courson sitting behind me writing limericks, such as ‘There was a young lady named Averill, who had a big jewel in her naverill…’ etc. I do remember doing double acrostics – I think that was her class.

        • budgra5_wp says:

          Hi, Averill. Eugene was quite a character. Remember after a bunch of students went to the Passion Play in Lake Wales (I think it was there), after that Eugene walked around school with the line “Being in the Passion Play is great, but the rehearsals are hell.” Then he held up his hand and showed the fake stigmata. By the way, Averill and Eugene had the leads in the senior play, The King and I. Averil is also an accomplished pianist. I believe she taught at the University of Tampa. When we were in school, I loved dancing with Averill. She was about an inch taller than I.

          • Averill Summer says:

            Thank you, Buddy. I taught at the University of South Florida instead. I don’t remember the story about Gene and the Passion Play, but it sounds like him.

  3. Lisa Bulger says:

    That poem is really very good.

  4. Averill Summer says:

    Thank you, Buddy. I taught at the University of South Florida instead. I don’t remember the story about Gene and the Passion Play, but it sounds like him.

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