Shawn L. Bird

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poem-mother January 27, 2015

Grade eight.


Mother is her substitute teacher today.

“Do not


that you know me!” she hissed.

But when her name was called for

attendance, and teacher-mother

looked around for

whichever student would raise her hand,

she glowered,


with anonymity.



18 Responses to “poem-mother”

  1. This is so funny as I was a teacher and one of my daughters was in my classes for 3 years! The poor child said I was always tougher on her than all the other pupils!
    However we are the best of friends now that she is all grown up and a mother herself. In fact she loves me to teach her children.

    • I have taught nieces, nephew, and my daughter. (My son escaped). I don’t think I was ever any tougher on any of them, mostly since I have quite simple criteria that anyone can see is either met or not. 🙂

  2. cgbalu Says:

    wow….I got a picture of the situation. I thought, the child will say “yes mother!” 🙂

    • She never admitted it.

      Toward the end of the class, one of the students leaned forward and whispered, “Are you C’s mom?” I leaned back and winked, “Yes, but she doesn’t want people to know.” It was quite entertaining for me, I must confess.

  3. PrairieChat Says:

    Have the Head of the college English Department tell your class she had changed your diapers and you will understand the desire for anonymity

  4. SiriusOryon Says:

    Great take on the inner hypocrisy of the ‘teenage phenomenon.’ 😉

  5. I would die if my mom was ever my substitute teacher…she is cool and all…but I don’t think I would want my “too cool for school” 80’s lovin’ mama as english sub…*shudders* Cute poem though. ^_^ made me giggle.

  6. My younger brother was in one of the first classes I substituted. My son was in a similar class, many years later. Both pretended they had never seen me before.

  7. shivangi268 Says:

    Really wonderful 🙂

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