~ Memoir Poem: A Letter to My Art Teacher — and Some 6th-8th Grade Artwork

“Civilization is social order
Supporting cultural creativity.”
Will Durant



*The picture below elicited the following poem:

“A Lyrical-Letter to My Art Teacher.”


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NOTE: I always got an “A” on my art work. But was worried I would end up with a “B” on the picture you see above because I had to erase a number of times in an effort to correct the airplane wings. I didn’t succeed, as you can see! But the strong emotion involved in the whole project elicited the following poem:


“A Letter to My Art Teacher:

Dear Mr. Webb:
If you’ll take mercy on my age,
You’ll excuse the mistakes on this page;
But look at it and like it not,
The blood in my veins will be running hot!

I thought and I drew to get an “A,”
And expected it to be that way.
The smudges and the creases you see
Were made ’cause I didn’t want a “B.”


Don’t see the badness; the goodness instead.
I drew it all with a pencil lead.
The idea didn’t come from brain,
But I drew it’s all just the same.

Isn’t it wonderful? I think it is.
The dolly was made for sister Liz;
The drum was made in honor of Ted —
He does so admire purple and red.

The rest was made’cause the idea was that way;
I think it’s the image of a Christmas Day.
I know, myself, the airplane is queer;
To leave it out would ruin the design so dear.

Of course, if you don’t give me an “A,
“It means you didn’t see it that way.
But I spent a very long time on it.
For hours it seems I did sit,
Trying to make my X-Mas scene perfect.

If you knew how hard it was to do,
You’d take mercy on my age —
My inexperience too;
You’d think of it my way,
And in your grade book
Mark another “A.”


Note: It seems my lyrical-letter worked:
Mr. Webb gave me an “A.”
Then wrote a little poem of his own
to say:
You’ve been a good student
Every day;
Your pictures are great
And well worth an ‘A’.”  
Mr. Webb
(That made my day!)

NOTE: The following is the original poem, written on the back of the above picture. Following this handwritten lyrical-letter are some of the pictures I did in art classes, from ages twelve through fourteen.

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my-art-girl-in-sweater
my-art-girl-model
my-art-blonde
my-art-airplane-1
my-art-moonlight
my-art-stormy-weather
my-art-cave
my-art-my-clothes
my-art-comic-strip
my-art-bull
my-art-bookcase-1
my-art-boy-fails
my-art-fish
my-art-snowman
my-art-squiglies
my-art-witch
my-art-pilgrim-indian
my-art-child
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my-art-jackolantern

~ Photos of Relatives, Page 1

Note: When I have sufficient time, I will organize these pictures into relevant groups, writing names of who the people are.

 

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My Notorious Brother-in-law Daniel Jordan & Uncle Ervil LeBaron — holding my  daughter before I knew about what they were up to! I took this photo in 1971. My Aunt Irene LeBaron Spencer used it on the Book cover of her memoir, “Cult Insanity.” (see below:)

 

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Photo of Uncle Ervil LeBaron holding my daughter

 

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