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HEY THERE, MR. CANDY


Mr. Candy, how are you doing? Remember, like thirty years ago? Standing in front of your students, trying to share your enthusiasm for La Belle Dame Sans Merci with a rowdy bunch of ten year olds?

You paced in front of the blackboard, your sneakers squeaked on the parquet floor. Your blue blazer and crumpled crimplene trousers sported chalk finger marks. Your silver Parker pen clicked, on off, on off, as you recited each stanza. The clicking and squeaking became frantic as your passion for the poem grew. And we sat there, wishing we were somewhere else, giggling at the silly man before us, with the silly name, so excited about a dumb poem.

So, Mr. Candy, I want to thank you. I didn't appreciate your passion for teaching and I didn't get your enthusiasm for this poem. Yet, everytime I see this poem, I think of you and smile. Not a cruel, what-a-joke-of-a-teacher smile. I smile for days gone by, for innocence lost and wisdom gained, for that little girl in braids and fond memories.

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writerjenn
Dec. 8th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
Every teacher can now be comforted: the seeds you plant may sprout decades later.
angeladegroot
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
Yes, sometimes it takes decades to get a thank you note.
cedunkley
Dec. 9th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
I've never read that poem before. Thanks for finding it a new audience!

angeladegroot
Dec. 9th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
Mr. Candy would be thrilled!
kellyrfineman
Dec. 9th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
"Fuck me, I love Keats."

I also love "La Belle Dame Sans Merci", which I posted about last year.
angeladegroot
Dec. 9th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
Excuse my ignorance, but who are you quoting?
kellyrfineman
Dec. 10th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
Hugh Grant's character in Bridget Jones's Diary.
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