a scholarly putdown



A friend told me a story the other day.

He was given the assignment of writing a poem as a sophomore in high school.

His teacher handed it back to him the next day and made the following comment: “Mr. ______, there just aren’t enough rhyming words in the English language for you, are there?”

“He meant it in a friendly way,” my friend said. “But he was saying, I have a pretty good feeling you are not meant to be a poet.”

— Roger W. Smith

     February 2017


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