When poems I write, I always think of my special teacher,
She was such a big influence, a good literature preacher.
Way back in seventh grade I had mimicked Gunga Dinh,
Was just a laugh, the first half, other poems to soon begin.
Her husband and I placed eye to eye in the same hospital,
Broken legs from sports and a horse, made it unforgettable.
Over the years I remember those days I was back in school,
Seventh grade to be exact, my own actions much like a fool.
The gift of encouragement in my writing skills was well received,
Over the years I've written a lot, more than I ever had conceived.
Mrs. Shaver, my poetic soul saver, my own beginning as a poet,
Her influence made me go higher, in my college, I could show it.
More than fifty years my written work, how fast does time go by,
As I sit at my desk, compose a piece, the rhyming words do fly.
Thanks once again, my friend, you have meant so much to me,
A teacher's gift, patience, of devotion, helped set a mind so free.
whonunuwho (author) from United States on November 01, 2017:
Thank you for your nice review my friend. Blessings. whonu
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 01, 2017:
A wonderful tribute to a wonderful inspirational teacher.
whonunuwho (author) from United States on October 31, 2017:
Thank you my friend. Blessings. whonu
Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on October 31, 2017:
A lovely tribute to a teacher who surely meant a lot to you.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 31, 2017:
Letty David was so awesome. Reading out Shakespeare really made me begin to think bigger than just a book report. Oh for sure it is better to suffer the slings and arrows of writing than to have never written.
whonunuwho (author) from United States on October 29, 2017:
Thanks, Shanmarie. Yes, they are. I suppose that's why I became one myself a few years later. Many blessings my friend. whonu
Shannon Henry from Texas on October 29, 2017:
This is such a lovely tribute. I can relate to it because I have one particular teacher who first ignited my love of writing, also in 7th grade, and then a few more followed. Teachers are wonderful blessings.