The Coolest Teacher I Ever Knew

Pat was the coolest teacher I ever knew.
My kids adored him.
He hated hypocrisy
and cant.

Pat loved kids.
Had two of his own
and a wife called Jan

whom he didn't like much.
Actually Pat didn't like ANY grown ups
very much.

He was belligerently left wing
(got into politics later)
Hated injustice
and most grown ups.

He used word conversations
to teach kids to read.
Let them use rude words too -
like bum and fart.

First time I saw him
he was covered with kids -
reading Mr Silly on the old couch.

He had a curly beard,
long hair tied in a rubber band
and blue eyes that really twinkled.

When he took the kids
to the local oval to play cricket
he always guaranteed a draw.
Said no one should take sport
too seriously.

Pat was the coolest teacher I ever knew.
My kids adored him.
He hated hypocrisy
and cant.

Some people said he was rude
(I suppose he was) .

by Alison Cassidy

Comments (8)

Personalities such as your Pat are one in a million! ! Adored treasures and always greatly missed... Your peom brings such joy and a smile to a reader, this a remarkable poem :) take care, Mel xx
Cool poem about a cool teacher. Great job!
a great poem Alison. reminds me of a teacher i had in 1957. he taught me to love history. he would always tell us jokes to keep us lose. you did a great job of bringing him to the written page. thanks for sharing.
I would make a guess here that he had an influence on those Children that will be passed on through the generations..What a beautiful soul* Thankyou for this Alison...better than gold brighter than diamonds Love duncan X
This reminds me of someone. Allie, yet again though some snapshot-type paragraphs you encapsulate (and make your reader fond of) a real character so seemingly effortlessly... brilliant. tx
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