Cowboy Poetry

29 11 2016

My eldest is in 8th grade, and as part of their English curriculum, students composed a rhyming poem to go along with their study of “Peace Like a River” by Leif Enger.

Each class recited their poems out loud, and the students chose their class representative for the final recital.  Caleb was chosen by his classmates to represent them.

On the day of the final recital, the students were encouraged to dress in cowboy/cowgirl attire, and the four finalists read their poems in the school’s theater and before all their teachers and other guests.  Three faculty members selected the winner.  Caleb and a classmate tied for first.

Here is Caleb’s winning poem.

There lived two men so long ago,
they bought a checkered board.
The first man’s name was Skippy,
while the second was named Ford.

A game of checkers started,
in a quiet, empty room,
and both men sat there thinking,
that the other’d sure face doom.

Ford moved his black piece up one space,
and Skippy did the same.
A jeopardizing move was made,
Ford sighed with such great shame.

The game continued on and on,
and things weren’t looking good.
If Ford could take that one move back,
without a thought, he would.

Then Skippy left to get a drink,
and with him gone, Ford thought,
“I could move a piece or two,
I hope I don’t get caught.”

Integrity was lost that day,
but could it be regained?
Skippy returned and saw the change,
and hoped it’d be explained.

“Did you move some pieces round?”
a curious Skippy asked.
At this point would Ford tell the truth,
or try to keep it masked?

“Yes, I did. I’m sorry Skippy,”
Ford then chose to say.
“Please forgive me, I messed up,
just please don’t go away.”

“It’s okay, I understand,
you have received forgiveness.
Let’s restart the game and then
we can get back to business.”

Integrity was shown just then,
in Ford it was restored.
That afternoon, the two men played,
right on that checkered board.

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