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As I See It - June 2017

Dear Alumni,
 
When I tell people that I teach the seventh grade, they react with a combination of incredulity and admiration and I imagine that in that moment they are looking back at their own adolescence and the ways they bumped up against the rules of school and home and perhaps even a memory of easy unkindnesses toward classmates. Certainly the boys I teach can be unruly, recalcitrant, loud, and sometimes thoughtless of others, and by Memorial Day I do look forward to the quiet of July, but for the most part they are thoughtful and sweet-natured boys who support one another. Sometimes they do things that wash away their transgressions – a week ago at the Spring Concert, four seventh-grade trombones delighting in the mellow baseline of Stand By Me and later, like angels I thought, the seventh-grade almost-tenors lifting above the older boys in Why We Sing, and again this week a poem by Jordan Wasserberger ’19 in response to English teacher Anne Rawley asking the boys to write their own version of Langston Hughes’s poem Theme for English B.
 
I leave you with Jordan’s poem. I'm off to Maine for the summer. We’ll pick this up in September.
 
Theme for English 7B
By Jordan Wasserberger '19

           The instructor said
           Go home and write
           A page tonight
           And let that page come out of you –
           Then, it will be true.
                                                                               
I wonder if it’s that simple?
I am thirteen, white, Jewish, born in New York.
I go to school here, an all-boys school, an Upper East Side school.
Every day, after school, I
walk up Park, then Madison, then up to
East 85th Street.
Up the elevator, as Langston Hughes does.
Not the poet, but the character, college-age and adulthood-bound.
So like Langston, I
take the elevator up, enter my home,
sit down, and write this page.
 
It’s not easy to know what is true for you or me
at thirteen, my age, but I guess I’m what
I feel and see and hear.
New York, I hear you, the
hustling,
bustling,
busy bodies of the city who
cry out in both anguish and relief.
Relief, for they have purpose,
but anguish for the endless, tired, rusty machine that is their world.
I like my friends.      
I like the stories of heroes and villains, both fiction and non,
stories that make me sad,   
happy, jealous, and free.
I believe in kindness, friendship,
humor, and open arms.
I guess I can’t define myself.
I’ve learned that thus far.
My friends and I, we have many differences:
some political,
some moral,
some with just our personalities.
We are all different instruments.
We all play to our own tune;
yet, we all play in harmony.            
                                   
This is my page for English 7B.
 
                             
Fortiter et Recte, 
 
 
David Kersey h'98
Faculty since 1969

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