MRS. TILSHCER – Writing Prompt Tuesday

Journal about, share with a friend or just ponder one or more of your favorite elementary school teachers!


In Mrs Tilscher’s class
You could travel up the Blue Nile
with your finger, tracing the route
while Mrs Tilscher chanted the scenery.
”Tana. Ethiopia. Khartoum. Aswan.”
That for an hour,
then a skittle of milk
and the chalky Pyramids rubbed into dust.
A window opened with a long pole.
The laugh of a bell swung by a running child.

This was better than home. Enthralling books.
The classroom glowed like a sweetshop.
Sugar paper. Coloured shapes. Brady and Hindley
faded, like the faint, uneasy smudge of a mistake.
Mrs Tilscher loved you. Some mornings, you found
she’d left a gold star by your name.
The scent of a pencil slowly, carefully, shaved.
A xylophone’s nonsense heard from another form.
Over the Easter term the inky tadpoles changed
from commas into exclamation marks. Three frogs
hopped in the playground, freed by a dunce
followed by a line of kids, jumping and croaking
away from the lunch queue. A rough boy
told you how you were born. You kicked him, but stared
at your parents, appalled, when you got back

That feverish July, the air tasted of electricity.
A tangible alarm made you always untidy, hot,
fractious under the heavy, sexy sky. You asked her
how you were born and Mrs Tilscher smiled
then turned away. Reports were handed out.
You ran through the gates, impatient to be grown
the sky split open into a thunderstorm.

What qualities do you most admire in…? Writing Prompt Tuesday

YIKES!  What happened to Sat-Mon??  Back on track!

Will catch up over the coming days with a ramble (Sat), a (Sun) Mindwalker repost & a book review (Mon).  Per my editorial schedule, here is today’s writing prompt – use it to journal, to spark a conversation, or just to ponder:

Life coaches & personal development authors often suggest we consider the qualities we admire in our friends, mentors & associates, noting that they are often the qualities we would most like to master for ourselves.

Here’s a twist – what are qualities in YOU that they might admire & like to emulate?  How do they manifest in your life?  How could you nurture & develop them further? 

Ponder, then be sure to take a well-deserved bow!