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Mr. Ivan, The Principal Poet



My teacher said Geography
is about where stuff is at.
Like towns and lakes and mountains
and places that are flat.
Sometimes teacher spins the globe
then stops it with a tap,
And then we children gather 'round
and gaze upon the map.

Other times, she pulls down maps
from a roll above the board,
And she points to things explorers found
and places they explored.
And once I opened an Atlas
on a shelf in the library
Where I found six maps of Africa
and one of Tennessee.

I guess each place is on a map.
It helps to keep things straight.
Things like countries, oceans, rivers,
mountains, and my state.
It really gets confusing.
There's too much -- I wish she'd stop!
Because all I can remember
is that North is at the top!

Copyright © 2006 Ivan Kershner, reprinted with permission.

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Article by Ivan Kershner
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