06 April, 2019: Mrs. Green
READ A POEM
by Roger Craik
Cocooned in sage-green sheets,
your little fingers corridored
in all of mine, you mused:
“I loved Mrs. Green. She was old school.
Oh, seven or eight we must have been.
She made Erin Church, in front of all of the class,
turn out her desk. It was full of wrappers.
Erin Church was messy. She began to cry.
And the day she retired, we were all lined up.
I tried not to cry
but I did.
She held me briefly by the chin.
Mrs. Green wore smart clothes
and smelt lovely. She told me
not to move my lips when I read.”
This broke from me while I
was doing something else.
I wrote it down just like this, just as it came,
moving my lips with every word.
“Mrs. Green” by Roger Craik from In Those Years. van zeno press, 2007. Used by permission of the author.
Born in England and educated at the University of Reading and the University of Southampton, Roger Craik worked in Turkey before coming to America in 1991, from which time he taught English at Kent State University. He was awarded Fulbright scholarships to Bulgaria and Romania and has written five books of poetry. He lives in Ashtabula, Ohio.
WRITE A POEM
Write a poem about your grade school bus ride, car ride or walk to school.