Posted in Free Verse, Repetition Poetry, September 2019

Pearce Campus


Pierce Campus, Zion IL.
Pearce Campus, Zion, IL.-Image from Pinterest.com

I Remember freshman hall, lockers slamming, saddle shoes running, clock ticking, four minute bell ringing.

I Remember upside down and backwards padlocks, cleats clicking on shiny floors, frustration at boyish pranks.

I Remember hall monitors sitting straight up in square tan desks checking hall passes.

I Remember English class, the Ides of March, Julius Caesar, “Et Tu, Brute” and our teacher, Miss Barton, reading aloud to us.

I Remember pony tails, petticoats, angora sweaters and class rings on neck chains.

I Remember GAA initiation, walking through peeled grapes and cooked spaghetti blindfolded, trying not to scream.

I Remember every stair and hallway, where they led, and the shortcuts only upper classmen knew about.

I Remember graduation day, on the football field, my classmates and I shedding bittersweet tears as we marched to “Pomp and Circumstance”.

I Remember signing annuals in the rotunda on the last day of school, not realizing those words would remain longer than the building we were standing in.

I Remember Pearce Campus before its bricks were sold and it became a parking lot.

Free Verse/Repetition Poem

I wrote this poem as an imitation of Joe Brainerd’s poem “I Remember” as spoken of in “Adventures in Anaphora” by Rebecca Hazelton.

I wrote it in memory of my old high school campus which was just torn down last summer and turned into a paved parking lot. I attended classes there from 1959-1962. The building held many memories before I attended and many afterwards.  Its destruction touched the hearts of many people.

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Author:

A born and raised Midwesterner who traveled to Oregon in 2006 via the Oregon Trail route, fell in love with Oregon and now call it home. I am retired and pursuing my life long dream of becoming a Freelance Inspirational Writer.

4 thoughts on “Pearce Campus

  1. Love the memories it conjures up, even for me in another location, though I never experienced some of those things. My high school is still very much in use. It was built only a few years before I moved into Grade 9. We didn’t have such a thing, by name at least, as upper classmen. We didn’t have initiation either. But I remember similar things done at Halloween parties with the peeled grapes supposedly being eyeballs!

      1. My elementary school is still in operation, too. It was built in 1919 and my mother went there when she was a child. Actually we both had the same Grade 8 teacher, decades apart. My Grade 4 teacher is still alive and I just missed seeing him at a 90th birthday party for the school. He had left before I knew he was there.

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