Mary Tully

A friend of mine recently posted on FB that his 2nd grade teacher just passed away. he gave a brief description of what he went through when he found out… I wrote this poem based on that FB posting. One challenge I had was that I wanted to end the poem the same way he ended his post. I did that with the last line “Mary Tully you will always have a bright place in my heart”

In memory of Jun Versola’s second grade teacher, mentor and friend.
Mary Tully

There you were as I entered the room
Your eyes so caring so gentle but firm
To second grade I entered to learn
You welcomed, encouraged and helped me book worm

You taught me the subjects as teachers do
You taught me math, science and social studies too
You trained me and prepped me as third grade loomed
but you taught me much more, life lessons you groomed

Through the years, we’ve stayed in touch
To me and my family you’ve meant so much
Not just in school but in other ways too
You helped my little one suckle, your gentleness soothed

Driving to visit in your hospital room
Calling to verify, they told me the news
Today I learned you were called home
Today the day our world would mourn

The loss of a teacher a mentor and friend
The loss of a wonder whose impact won’t end
Tears began to fall as the worlds did too
Rain hit my windshield as I thought of you

As I turned around and headed for home
I thought about how your impact has grown
Considered at how a person’s body can depart
but know, Mary Tully
  you will always have
    a bright place in my heart

Stephen Kellogg  – 2010

About Stephen Kellogg

Poetry, Ponderings, Prose, Photos & Pounding out the Pathways All at my blog... I hope you'll take a few minutes to wander around the site. Not all of what you read there will be happy or sad etc. but I trust my writings, photos etc will encourage, touch, inspire or just make you think…. I really appreciate feedback!! Thanks and enjoy Peace! Stephen Kellogg All of my writings, pictures etc are original works, unless otherwise noted, and should be considered copyrighted.
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