Sample Teacher Poem

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Drill by Mindy Starn1

A retired

Navy Captain,

that should have.

He would pace

through the format

of desks,

his dull, grey,

wooden-soled shoes


through the Pinesol-clean room,

like soldiers' rifles

clattering against their metallic


His parasite-like presence,


over you.

A steel voice clutching your brain.

Even when he left the room,

no one dare stir,

for his footsteps were no longer


They became those

of a moccasined Indian,

Stalking his prey.


That you must.

  1. Tsujimoto, J. (1988). Teaching poetry writing to adolescents. ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, National Council of Teachers of English: Urbana, IL.