Sunday, February 27, 2011

February 27, 2011

The photo is of my 92 year old father standing in front of the prairie country school he attended some 85 years before.  The school was located about a mile from their farm house (as the crow flies).  They prompted this poem about a country school marm.


Amaryllis taught country school
Amidst fields of golden grain
Perched high on a drafting stool
She taught all eight of the grades

Her spectacles hung on a chain
She wore around her neck
She peered through them with disdain
When a student she kept in check

Her posture was always proper straight
She walked with grace and dignity
Always on time; she was never late
She never encouraged a calamity

Amaryllis died an old maid
She taught fifty years from her stool
On the grave stone where she’s laid
Is written: “She Followed the Golden Rule”


  1. This is Grandpa Pike Sutherland, he and Grandma Doris, have been married for over 60 years. He only left the prairie to serve his country in World War II, then returned home with his new bride to raise a family! We love them very much!
    Denise ;o)

  2. I love this one! The pictures and poem say it all!! Wendy :o)