Poetry Taken to a Warrior’s Level


"Totally Uncalled For" is an extra credit opportunity for Coach Black's English classes. Students can write anything from book reviews, to three sentence poems. "Totally Uncalled For" is completely optional but encouraged for extra credit. It is seen as a good way for students to share their work with their friends and get some extra credit points. "I enjoy the "Totally Uncalled For" board,it gives students the opportunity to share there work with the fellow students of Groom." said Sophomore Kirsten Rice.

Staff Writer Kirsten Rice writes a poem about her Great Grandpa who served our country for “Totally Uncalled For” and Coach Black’s “Poetry Cafe”.

My Great War Hero is a poem Kirsten wrote for Totally Uncalled For and Coach Blacks Poetry Cafe. Totally Uncalled For is an extra credit opportunity for Coach Blacks students to  get point on there lower grades. Coach Blacks Poetry Cafe is her way to end her lesson on poetry where each student has to write at least two poems and present them to the class as a test grade.

My Great War Hero by Kirsten Rice
He was getting old and paunchy
and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
telling stories of the past

Of the wars that he had fought in
and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
they were heroes, every one

And tho’ sometimes, to his neighbors,
his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened,
for they knew whereof he spoke

But we’ll hear his tales no longer
for old Jack has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer,
for a soldier died that day

Though he will not be mourned by many,
He held a job and raised a family,
For he lived an ordinary
and quite uneventful life

Or the ordinary fellow who,
in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country
and offers up his life?

While the ordinary soldier,
who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
and perhaps, a pension small

Should you find yourself in danger,
with your enemies at hand,
a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and his country
would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier
and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
we may need his like again.

If we cannot do him honor
while he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage
at the ending of his days
For a soldier died that day