Jeremy Gregg

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A Poem for Mrs. Greenfield, Upon her Retirement

One of my fellow teachers at Cistercian Preparatory School in Irving, TX, Mrs. Jackie Greenfield is retiring after 24 years of service as an English teacher. Though it ages me to share, I am honored that I was one of her first students at the school. 


A Poem for Mrs. Greenfield, Upon her Retirement

From fields of green, she emerged as a light
that lit the very stones we walked;
orange no more, they gleamed with a glow
that strengthened us with every step.

Her lightening laugh, her glimmering eyes,
they raised our hearts above the din
of teenage howls, of raged delight,
of all the tests a school can hold.

A dozen years, and a dozen more,
seem such a brevity to dance
beside a sprite whose spirit sings
with every breath, at every chance.

And yet, although we watch her go,
we know that she will never part:
our verdant vale, our Wacky Jackie,
your living was your greatest art.

4 Comments

  1. Means more to me than you know, Jeremy. God bless you. You are a student that I won’t forget.

    • jeremygregg

      July 18, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      And you are a teacher whom I won’t forget, my dear friend! Thank you for seeing something in me that I could not otherwise have found.

  2. Carolyn Anderson Swann

    June 4, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Teaching is an art and the craft is refined by patience & stamina! Jackie was the perfect master! You poem captures her magic!

    • jeremygregg

      July 18, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Thank you, Carolyn. Indeed, she provided the model that I sought to replicate in my own classrooms. She enkindled and enlightened many a mind over the years, and I am grateful to be counted among that fortunate number.

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