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A

pleasant and happy

life

Does not come from external

Man draws from As from a

things;

within himself,

spring, pleasure

and

joy.

Plutarch

LONGWOOD VOLUME

3,

COLLEGE NUMBER 2

1967-1968


STAFF Myers

Editor-in-Chief

Phyllis

Feature Editor

Brenda Holly

Poetry Editor staff

Essay Editor staff

Short Story Editor staff

Art Editor staff

Literary Board

Becky Powers

Sharon .Karla

Dietz, Tulita

Owen

Myers

Martha Dofflemyer Suzanne Jones Vivian Gale, Joan Harrup

Emily Gillespie ..Janie

Ragland

Donna Blankenbecker, Martha

Hall,

Diane Henkel, Linda Matthews, Stephanie Posivach, Barbara Powers, Pat Ragan,

Wanda

Rush,

Mary Anne Thompson, Cynthia Wolfe Business

Manager Manager

Circulation staff

Martha Gay Regina Pawlak Carol Brotherton, Kathy Fones, Betty Fulp,

Betsy

Mary Lee McKeever,

Morgan, Diane

Ritchie,

Susan Strum, Pam Wayne,

Janet Sullivan Typist

Page Gehrken

Publicity

Mary

Alice

Carmody

Advisors

Herbert Blackwell

Literary

Dr.

Business

Mrs. Ruth Taliaferro

Art

Mr. Paul Rouillard


TABLE OF CONTENTS Matthew, poem Crumblebutton and the Smalt Tyke, poem Untitled,

poem

Untitled,

pencil sketch

An

Interview with President Willett

Sunday at 2:06, poem The Unnoticed Walk, pen and

Two Characters Ebbtide, poem

A

for a Novel,

.

.

Stephanie Posivach Sharon Collins Martha Hall

ink

.

.

.

poem

The Soldier, short story Index 7, serigraph Neebell Satapied,

poem

Untitled, Bic,

poem

cut

Untitled,

poem

Untitled,

monoprint

412,

The Diary

When

of Kiyoshi

First the

Snow

Masakazu, short story Falls,

poem

Library, monoprint

Unchanging Times,

short story

.... ....

19

Emily Gillespie

20 20

Frances Bain Wanda Rush Carol Bradley Linda Long

Untitled, graphics print

Memory, poem

Cary Street

Richmond, Virginia 23219 2

13

14 14 18 19

Jo Ann Pearson

21

22 ??

.

23

.

25 26

.

27

.

30 30

Printed by The Dierz Press, Inc

109 East

1

Sharon Collins Linda Powers

Becky Powers Janie Ragland Sharon Coll Carol Skelley Sharon Collins

poem

1

'2

Baxter Allison,

Hey, Student Teach, essay

10

Gale Cheryl Predgo Karla Myers Karen Maher Leslie Sedgewick Vivian

of

Untitled,

5 9

Willett

Susan Davenport Frances Simpers Linda Long

Marat/Sade Mushroom Garden, woodcut Review

4 4

Frances Bain Brenda Holly

Henry

poem

3 3


CRUMBLEBUTTON AND THE SMALT TYKE Twice upon a quarter Their beest and were crumblebutton.

MATTHEW Matthew mused on Matthew-money-maker moaning

Sitting silent,

Tinkling gold

flickered

in

and shining

money,

to himself.

love for

lira,

It

a

crumbly

were what

cripsily

"Cripsily and cronkly

I

am,"

The he wisplied

his senseless lust.

Once

life,

to

me,

Then a man

He were having to been And were tipsed tosped

of silken tones that

spoke aloud,

morn

Tickly, gruddily

beckoned.

A A

peace descended on Matthew's

peace Matthew

so peaceful left

his

and purely

soul,

tranquil

gold.

Stephanie Posivach

He

triged

But

it

flickling of

helklin

unto the fogly are.

in veil

to yeller outly.

worst for no bodily to be eared with.

Soft-like, stickly

were

he feeled

tyke,

"May me keepsake lastly

to the

felt

like

open

a hold crumblebutton

Say the smalt So

been holden.

by grimsly paws,

he fellded onto the grubs of some tarsen.

Tinkly with silven tongs he

"It

to spill.

daylight he trackled trickly by the woodbly.

Supply he flecked the

deep in the daily strife, Matthew knew no peace.

how

Wipsily, wipsily, cost he knoded natsy

Living

and seeing Matthew

crumblebutton.

worst and that.

it

Says crumblebutton,

silver

the growing dusk,

Matthew's only sense was Lust for

He were his

upon

larst

full it,

of

I

growgan.

to pattlies.

fond,"

hap and

gladfly,

mummy?"

the crumblebutton

goo washling

Recibered

a

And were

pulsed untie a bunk

For kapeseeking and fon the even

Was

lucked open by

Who

were so glad bulged by deeply

littly

tyker. lash

and

lid

That he everfor did took the well carnd of the crumblebutton.

Sharon Coll

i


/ou

A

yourself

call

seeker after

Truth

Yet you seek Truth In

places where

There

none.

is

You search

within

Yourself

And, not finding an

Answer You do

not even

Pause But hurry on

Chasing

after strange

Glimpses

Which,

spectres,

like

across your

Drift

Soul

Which,

spectres,

like

Have no

substance.

Poor creature! It

not that

is

You

don't

How It

is

know

to find

that

You don't know

How

to seek.

Martha Hall


'AN INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT WILLETT"

"What I

however,

lege,

side

literary

Brenda Holly

your opinion of

is

in

general?"

magazine

literary

it.

was responsible

I

selling

for

trying

and so

subscriptions,

to find

forth.

I

school, college, or graduate school?

Soon

after

President Willett answered several

arrival,

his

GYRE

the students at tion

to

their

office

and,

GYRE

the latest edition of the in

the

literary

staff

immediately,

walked

ROTUNDA,

aspects of

President Wil-

into

up from

he looked

showing

thus

reading

his interest

Longwood College. The

following

"Have you ever

"Well, in

written any poetry or short stories yourself,

did write a

poem and

News Leader about idiosyncracies and I

wrote a

poem

Richmond.

and

a nut

ago.

when

it

I

in

The Baltimore Colts are

dealt

my

the

have

comes

that the Sports Editor of the It

Lee,

magazine.

founded I

with

to

poem."

my pro

football.

Richmond News and

this

foot-

was

so,

in

high

what was the name

It

ManThomas Jefferson in DECLARATION. Then, at Washington

was the

In

the

fact,

fraternity

a

and

magazine, little

at

SHENANDOAH,

worked with the

I

my endeavors

the business end) the Business

in

I

brother

was the

sportswriting

the

mine

of

literary

actually

Manager. campus news-

Business

with

the

paper." are

wife's interests "I

share of

professional

favorite team,

the subject matter of that particular

Richmond

If

have to admit that most of

were

did do a

"What was printed

three years

I'm

Leader actually published. ball.

it

(I

ager of the high school magazine

either recently or in the past?" "I

was

I

direction

this

Also,

questions are taken from the conversation:

it

be-

of the publication?"

interest

Longwood, and would give them an introducnew administrator. Ready for the interview,

two members of the lett's

would

staff felt

I

plays a valuable role on any campus."

it

"Did you by chance ever work on any publication

interesting questions which the

ad-

think

gives you an outlet for creative activity, and, as such, lieve

col-

in

was on the business end rather than the

I

of

vertisements,

magazine

a literary

had some experience with a

your

interests

and

hobbies

and

your

also,

and hobbies?"

have answered

this

question at other times, so

I

have

ready-made answer for it. For the last three years, my hobby was writing the dissertation, and getting my dochope to return to torate. Now, with this out of the way, a

I

some

others.

Frankly,

I'm

looking forward to playing

some


golf.

haven't played

I

golf

in

long

a

approved the renovation

Visitors has

move

out there.

The Board

time.

of the

probably a

for

us to

it's

renovated, we'll have the golf course across the road so

I

In

know

I'm

going to have some interest

both

like

to play tennis.

I

have to be

I

also

in

She's a very

My

this.

good

wife

and

tennis player.

good shape to be able to beat her. We We've had the opportunity to do so a

in

to travel.

like

great deal. This past summer, the older two boys went with

New

up to

us

England and we stayed with some friends

about a week on

can

try

and

I

find

the time to

do

Mary was always

there,

every summer.

trip

We

of our big hobbies.

we

also like to it.

In

I

out

in

are certainly line

this

would be

some

sometimes

as

my

in

little

first

of the interests, to

lot,

travel

again,

is

gardening, and

I

say

bit with

choice of

and

what constitutes

it's

a

it.

However,

activities.

hobby.

I

guess

in a way that some of the activities of the children become almost that, in terms of doing things with them, and we do try to read to the children a great deal. believe that this is very important and they enjoy it, so we do try

you'd say

I

to

do

this."

your opinion of

answer

to

cousin

first

who graduates from

been influenced by her

favor of

it.

fine.

is

I

but

of

some

the

in

talent.

I

it,

all

I

area think

also believe that there's

I

native talent that you've got to

here and for those that have

make

maybe

certainly

I

be cultivated, but

amount

certain

and

no question

believe that there's

that talent can

Georgia

am

I

have a

I

of

women who are talented in as any man does and think

journalism that you've got to have

of

a

journalism,

in

think that those

I

Journalism?"

into

University

thinking,

have as much to offer

this field this

the

who's also interested

year,

I've in

women going

very carefully because

this

this

wish them well.

I

feel

have they

a real contribution."

"Do you

think

Longwood, being

that

college, should curtail

its

education

you know, about 15 percent of the

state

a

girls

teachers'

teachers?

strictly for

As

here do not plan to

and since the college is so oriented to this program, do you think it should be strictly for prospective teachers

teach,

alone?"

"No,

These

hard to draw a

is

have

"I

one

when

were occasions when she got

the yard to help her a

don't think

So

read a

Chesapeake, when we were

interested

rather begrudgingly that there

me

wagon, you

up so the children can travel fairly well. My went to Europe on our honeymoon. We usually

have one good

to

a station

things

fix

wife

Cape Cod. Having

"What

of

Longwood house year's time when

don't think so.

I

anyone who arts

to

is

In

the

background,

and

I

have the same good

also

think

liberal

arts

there are going to be people training

going

program, and

to find

reasons.

I

first

place,

I

going to teach ought to have

don't

mean

good

a

liberal

— period—ought

anyone

background.

Obviously,

who go through

a teachers'

after they

that they don't

would say that

get into teaching, they're

want

to stay in

this as criticism of

it

for various

the individuals, be-


cause

I

program

training

background,

arts

person,

we

get into

whether they stay

here)

and I

had

(I've

the

is

will

teaching

in

of this.

concerned,

role

I

or

this

graduate program

the

of

not.

liberal

a

educated

well

one

think

I

something that the Board of

this is

be a

spend some time on

to

are going to have to study.

who

good emphasis on

believe the result

I

like

by having a teachers'

But

it.

with a pretty

would favor no curtailment lems

know whether we

don't think any of us ever really

a thing or not until

certainly

I

of our prob-

this

the

college

give-and-take,

and

and

believe that there certainly

is

room

for

people

are not planning to go into teaching at Longwood.

think that obviously the

primarily

teacher

for

objective here

I

legislature established this institution

training,

good

a

is

is

but

liberal

feel

I

that

our

background

arts

definite

for every-

one."

advantages and disadvantages

think are the

a small college

of

as

which way would you

compared to a large university and see Longwood go?"

like to

"Having been to, as an undergraduate, Washington and Lee, which is half the size is

now,

I

found a

lot

of

advantages

comparatively small school that I

for

in

a

small

that

school,

Longwood

the small school or

undergraduate work.

I

think

know the student body so much better. Also, generally you can say that the situation is somewhat

you get

feel that

less

good

to

formal than

in

the large institution.

lationship of the faculty

more personalized

and

attention,

students,

and

it

I

In

terms of the re-

believe you receive

doesn't

become

just

a

listen

over

is

learning,

bring

what

forth

be bad.

think could

I

idea, but as a day-in, day-out

where you never have

I

also

chance

a

would

I

feel,

being

have

to

term

active

realistic,

the average freshman doesn't possess the maturity of a junior

and

There are problems of adjustment.

senior.

students,

this

home, and

I

adjust better

can

in

the

is

don't believe there's any question that you can in

the comparatively smaller situation than you

Now

the larger one.

Longwood ought

feel

that.

one

problems we

of the

this

do

a

particular topic,

lot

eventually

asked

go

to

Some

it

feel

we

don't know the answer to

do is

a lot of studying

going to have to

estimates say that

dormitories

of

that

other estimates say don't think

I

ought to be. we're

dis-

size that

we ought

to

about 2,200 or 2,400 students, and we've

the size of 4,000.

I

I

and our board

Some

of thinking.

approval

capacity.

two

to reach.

believe that I'm going to have to

I

on

many

For

away from

time they've ever been

first

cussed with the Board of Visitors was the ultimate

"What do you

of these

room and

not saying that there aren't times, that for a particular

I'm

activity, this isn't a pretty

steady diet of

Visitors, the staff,

some

in

another building. This can get to be pretty impersonal.

in

coming

But as far as your question

this

the lecture

in

sit

over a microphone and the professor

to the lecture

since at

You can have

or swim situation.

sink

large universities where you

I

capacity of 2,400 takes I

we ought

to it

think

that,

us

to

to

that

go on

to

can say today which of the

believe that we've got to

committed

tively small school.

I

would take

but

I

don't

go

to 2,400.

think

that

a

out of the category of a compara-

most of the advantages of a small


school can be realized there.

be too small

to

have the like.

facilities,

optimum

size

weigh a

lot of

going to be

do

time,

in

and

I

and

I

reflect

the

we

elected representatives

go

lation should

along

with

the

believe

it's

will

we can make

people

of

Virginia,

As the

other

state

perhaps

we'll

institutions.

This

decision

and

their

legislature

first

pretty

have to grow

know

I

that

the

statement the other day, and

this

a pretty important thought.

quantity.

this

are going to have to

the legislature.

in

to college, then

he was concerned our than

It's

we

see what

to

determine what portion of the popu-

board made

rector of our I

try to

of thought to this.

pretty well

the

of

absolute,

believe you should

I

sure,

don't think that

thinking

and the people

lot

I'm

interesting,

believe that

alone.

but

and give a

factors

real

have,

to

an

there's

priority

said as far as

ought to be quality rather

my

sums

well

He

thinking

on

this

"What do you consider of Longwood right now?" To

this

question,

as the urgent

and important needs

named if

a few needs that he

they were

fulfilled.

First,

a

laboratory school used "for observation and brief one day

the

prior to student teaching."

Library has several

need ing

for

realize that a lot of the things I've said aren't those that

"I

probably are of the greatest concern to the students. a

of the students

lot

needs,

more dormitory space,

converted

into

classrooms

and

type,

that

social

rules

say that on

down

I

don't think

ROTUNDA

The

areas. the

with

and whether or not

all

I'm

unmindful

totally

raised the question

has

need re-examination.

that

three

of

new

lieve

anyone coming

he wants to take a look

into a

willing

I'm

position has

at,

and

lists

take a look at the problem of cars,

will

tainly take a look at the question of

certainly

take a

going to do faculty.

at too.

look

the

it

I

all

down and promise that we will to

sit

"In your opinion,

and then he expressed the

"I

think that

with

Ruffner eventually be-

things

and

administrative

mean

sit

be-

I

of things

he

say

will

I

we

cer-

will

classes,

we

will

regulations per-

don't want to take the credit that I'm

because these have

These are

Saturday

the existing social

at

all

come

me

to

from

staff

areas that they want to take a look

They've also come from students.

need

all

to

certainly couldn't an-

I

swer any of these three question areas today, but

We

of

would simply

I

problems,

these

these

in

some

of

anytime, anyplace, to study and discuss them.

feels

this:

think

I

whether or

continue to have Saturday classes and a few things of

we'll

Secondly, he mentioned that

offices.

more concerned

are

not they can have automobiles on campus,

and

Dr. Willett

would improve Longwood

visits

statement with these interesting remarks:

taining to drinking.

subject."

felt

he mentioned a few other needs, but he terminated

Also, his

perhaps you'd

attract the faculty that

you ought

you can get

that

feel

you cannot offer the courses,

anyone can say

don't suppose

I

also

I

to the point that

So,

I

think that

take a long look at them,

and

I

we

make

study them."

what makes

really the

a

good teacher?"

most important thing or important

have to do with attitudes and to belittle technical training

personality.

because

I

I

don't

think that a per-


son can work,

become

but

I

a better teacher

as a

human being are

best

command

be

a

SUNDAY AT

by having the professional

believe that the attitudes,

2:06

the personality traits

awfully important.

The person with the isn't going to

of subject matter in the world

good teacher

if

he doesn't know how to get

it

across

Henry

At the same time, a person who may have the best personality in the world, but doesn't have anything to think you get across, is going to have trouble, too. So

to the students.

I

have to come back to the question of the proper combination.

The

qualities that

essentially

person:

the

respect

qualities for

make that

your

believe are good teacher, make a good and successful

a

I

fellow

man,

understanding,

pa-

tience and humanness. Finally,

opinion of

the interviewer asked

Longwood graduates

President Willett about

as teachers in general,

promptly replied that he has found them

to

his

and he

be "Top-flight!"

On Sunday

A

at

2:06

whistle sounds a note

Fifty

seven thousand

"Gimme This

rise

and

call

C-O-L-T, COLT."

madness repeats

In cities

But

a

itself

across the land

nowhere more than Baltimore

Den of the Unitas band. The "burglar" they sometimes Football larceny

His victims?

is

—Why

call

game

his his

opponents

Bears and Packers be their name.

The Colts receive the

kickoff

Drive hard on the stadium floor

him

Willett


And

thousands cry aloud a cheer

"Open

door

the

"O Johnny

for

Lenny Moore."

take them

in for six"

The Colt This

A

not

faithful falter

happens every day.

sideline pass to Berry

The sounds above the horseshoe soar

Behind Parker the protection moulds

A

A

buttonhook out to the

Raymond

Now

the opponents have the ball

And up Until

And The

left

Berry has for the score.

move

Marchetti slams the door

For victory

is

shouts "they shall not pass."

Via "The

wages heavy and ability show

There's quiet

No

game

Of

played by the pro.

Its

football as

halftime

now

in

quite the equal

Coltland

on the gridiron's sod

The Colt band

Where weary

is

performing

warriors trod.

Back to action football fans

And Til

both teams scores do mount

with less than two to

go

There's a twenty-twenty count.

Again

the

enemy

The winning score

surges forth to log

But suddenly they lose the ball

Jarred free by a Shinnick "red dog." Unitas looks upon the clock Sixty

The enemy now lets

fast

For there's no

And

out to Lenny

the final half-minute unfolds.

The crowd

the field

battle

Skill

down and

As

seconds

left

to play

strife,

is

reeling

go

a roar

posted upon the board

Bomb" to Jimmy Orr. now in the stadium no

stress,

no

strain

happy Her Colts have won again. For tonight Baltimore

is

w


"TWO CHARACTERS FOR A NOVEL"

EBBTIDE

A

wave washes the shore, seaweed wall an angrier moment.

gentle

And

kisses the

Left at

The yellow flower picked today drops

its

Whispering foam

petals.

The sweetness

"This should not be; It

should bloom for us a week, at

Blows

least.

And

This should not be; Last year

"The flower It

will

is

its

bush even blossomed during snow."

lovely

its

last

it

could bloom is

more on

the snow.

so disgusting."

air,

The old man's

It

is

hair

.

.

.

to the water.

receding waters renew old beaches,

distant

memories wash again

The corridors if

you wish."

plant another for tomorrow."

of thought.

Cold brine up the soaking sand Lets footprints

Frances Simpers

mind

the ebbtide of the

When And

it.

Find another one tomorrow, "I'll

in

saw along the path.

Think no

the

playful breezes toss

Down it

Dropping petals by a vase

"Much

in

lost.

is

of salt

The philosopher who has come

day.

miss nothing."

"You wouldn't have believed

slides o'er the sand,

back to sea and

Slips

Though

still

fall

to time.

the gentle waves,

And

still

Now

the tide

And

the old

the whispering foam, is

coming

man

turns

in

.

.

.

toward home. Linda Long


dancing around the stage, jumping on each other, or run-

A REVIEW OF MARAT/SADE

ning around madly. The audience would have to be quite familiar with the

Vivian Gale

much

stand

French Revolution to under-

history of the

dialogue.

the

of

appears

It

most of the

that

audience from Longwood was not familiar with this history, and the entire film remained disconnected and unmeaningful Undoubtedly, there should have been a seminar on

to them.

the film before

Seeing the film Marat/Sade was an unforgettable

—mind,

Sometimes

—

lota Tau,

fathom why

Granted

campus

Longwood and sponsored by Lambda

of

campus

the

this film

was the

purpose

that the

controversial

films

it

The

students

is

it,

nevertheless,

and with

in

formances

start.

It

to

will

in

a play

watching asylum.

asso-

what

of the Clarenton insane

1808. The basic pattern behind the strange peris

individualist,

the

ing

memorized

and

passages

from

the

play,

ence.

If

its

ness,

as

if

purpose

artist's

play. True,

mob

the

of

the

can

become by

is

using

too, the theatre

the

bizarre

these

play

French

in-

who respond

Revolution had instability

of

unstable actors to play the

audience senses that through

the

bars

it

of

is

an

actually

insane

do not answer our question Art work that is grotesque and

factors

—

it,

and why must

presentation?

it

use such a disgusting format

the viewer to feel disgust, hopeless-

Is

or dejection after seeing the film?

The only In

feeling of

the final scene,

de Sade knowingly expounds, "The question

always there;" but what, 12

the work.

purpose? view must have a purposeful effect on the audiwhat to make us realize something this film is

the Marquis

singing,

some

after

in

de Sade does

world by using lunatics

the reviewer was complete bewilderment.

pallid white faces, intermittently speak-

lengthy

de Sade's

the

is

to

for

Marquis de Sade.

But the main portion of the film consists of nauseous lunatics

with straggly hair

just

But

painful

exactly

the argument between the extreme revolutionary

Marat and the cynical

mob

mob. True,

this

future attempts.

by inmates

injustice

the

probable that

or heard of the film

unmeaningful can be

totally

responded. True, he shows how dangerous the

bring to the

seems that

is

not so with

is

tensify the injustice in the

an account of the assassination of Jean-Paul

Marat, as acted

asylum

This

hard to

for the series.

to

is

is

which Longwood students would

who saw

with the society film

It

one chosen society

got the society off to a slow

many puzzled ciate

first

of the

not ordinarily be able to see, film

honor society.

literature

which seems

thought the viewer can find the

experience. The film was brought to Farmville by the newly

formed Film Society

was ever shown here.

clearly understood or, at least, tolerated,

more

"memorable" but "unforgettable"

the reviewer does not say

it

art

may we

ask,

is

the question?

is


THE SOLDIER

Come

with

me

and watch the sea grass grow. Listen to the singing surf

and you

will

know

of love like

waves beating

at a brick sea wall,

seeking escape from their

and entrance

own

trl PP ed down the creaky steps into home He P icked U P his lunch from

Louis

fury

째f h

to the heart of the shore.

'

S

-

the

then walked to the entrance of the kitchen to yell to

his

momma. At

the sound of his step, his

around and flashed him a big that his

momma's

smile

was the

smile.

He

nicest thing

front

hall

the hal1 table

'

good-bye

momma

turned

always thought

about her. With-

out even saying anything, Louis knew she meant to say "you certainly are a fine child." Louis returned her smile with a

Karla Myers

shining white one of his own.

"Good-bye, Momma." "Good-bye,

Louis.

yourself at school."

14

Now

you be

a

good

child

and behave


Louis skipped happily out of the front door.

a minute on

porch steps to

his

He

of the screen door.

Hoping

some of down

to see

was

sight.

in

He

the other

sighed

slightly,

He paused bang

the reassuring

own benefit. he looked down one end

grinned again for his friends,

of the street then

down

listen for

end

his

Pretending he was a great soldier

he whirred

homes

way

the

all

of his friends,

to school

all

on a

in

a war,

shooting at the

tank,

the identical houses gazing blankly

at him.

When bell

"Hey, Glenn, have

"Aw his

legs dangling

read off the

chewing

noisily

first,

his friend.

missed anything?"

in

the

and

relief,

sat

back

Mr. Booker was

air.

He came

of fourth graders.

list

came

then right afterwards,

"Wonder who

No

"Don't know."

of school.

"Hope "Naw,

if

the soldier on TV, right,

right,"

left,

and marched down the he chanted,

himself to hear.

As he neared

voices other than

his

own.

as

good

"I

looked behind the

there,

shucks, no!"

he reached school, Louis rushed into the building.

had already sounded the beginning

in the hall. Louis's mood changed. Suddenly he was What everybody had already found their new classrooms? What would they do to him? His momma would be mad if they sent him home because he did not have a classroom. Louis stood in the middle of the hall. He could not decide whether to cry or not. He puckered his eyes. No tears would come. He screwed up his mouth, but he could not wail. He shrugged his shoulders, braced him-

"Left,

He

sitting

toward

softly I

Louis breathed a sigh of

one was

like

Glenn

in

chair,

his

just starting

to

name

to Glenn's

Glenn and Louis

Louis's.

got up together and walked to their assigned classroom.

scared.

self

of the cafeteria.

friend

his

two traps and treaded

hopped on one foot jumped

then

end

the far

on a piece of gum. The gallant soldier squeezed between the

No one

of the street.

in

door and saw

the three steps, landing flat on both feet as he

to the sidewalk.

The

was

guess

the soldier

this in

is

just

hall.

loud enough for

the cafeteria, he could hear

it's it

"Do you She gives

"Nah.

our teacher

any to

try,"

whispered

him.

Gently he shoved open the cafeteria door. The principal

this

year?"

not Miss Itchy Twitchy again."

think

it

My

could be Miss Deane?

She's really bad.

homework."

brother said she didn't

come

back."

get a drink of water?"

"Yeah." Louis slurped at the cool stream of water, jiggled in

his

Glenn

mouth, then swallowed repeat

the

They

ritual.

pushed open the door

it.

to

their

they both stopped short and a place as

be

won't be."

a lot of

"Wanna

will

he imagined

ought to close

statue

a

his

felt.

mouth.

just

He

His

He stepped rounded

the

classroom. stared.

momma

corner

let

and

Simultaneously

Louis

subconsciously

impolite to stare with your mouth open.

around

it

aside to

felt

just

like

thought he

often told him

it

was


"Good

morning, boys.

stumbled

Louis

They

Louis.

Would you

over

Louis said

to

Glenn

then

in

just

the room. Their reactions were

grew suddenly

short,

and

chair

his

like

rang.

The teacher walked

he

they wandered into

the same.

all

They stopped quiet,

checked

guess

I

himself.

know by now

are

ya'll

that I'm

It

It

was almost as good

was a

fact of his

life

teachers.

like

all

just

finally

bell

middle of the room and

the

Louis liked her smile.

He

wasn't supposed to

just

"Class,

to

your new teacher.

still

staring.

a long time ago, but he could not

I

am. You

My name

is

Miss

He had keep

his

shut

his

mouth

eyes off of her.

the rest of the class were watching her too.

Miss

Randolph continued. "I

know

that

once we

get acquainted, we'll get along

"Now,

let's

name.

begin today by

will

experience you had

room and

this

She had

Naturally

mouth, same as

a big

room.

front of the

I

can't promise that

I'll

learn

it

right

his

away, but

She pointed to Glenn to

start.

Glenn said

his

name, then

year.

Stupid Theresa

story,

just

the

to

sassily

Louis went back

had

just

out,

supposedly.

very pretty.

mean, as

I

"Miss, what

"My name "You are

is is

entered

a pretty lady on the street.

"Yes," he whispered to

his

far as

companion, "yes, I

can

tell,

she

is

I

think she's

pretty."

to the pretty lady.

your name, please?" Miss Randolph, soldier."

a very pretty lady, Miss Randolph."

"My name

soldier. is

jumped she's

What

as

is

your name?"

Randolph."

Louis, Miss

Glenn punched him.

pointing

to

you.

She wants you

to

tell

a

story."

Louis trudged slowly up the ais'e with his

did not know what to

try real hard."

begin?"

his fellow soldier

"Louis,

go around the room and everybody say

like to

She pranced

As she began her

He and

would

you

or sad

town where the enemy had been driven

to the battle site.

a

of

would be old Theresa.

it

last

did not know when to shut up.

some some funny

letting

us

tell

Who

summer.

Theresa volunteered.

Louis

She smiled again.

I'll

we

to the front of the

"Thank you, all

just fine."

first

stared and shook their heads numbly.

The soldier marched up

knew he was

He knew

their

They both noticed

wondering who

Randolph." Louis

go

then stumbled to the nearest

down. The whole room was

sat silently

Momma's.

that

bashful,

as

house after everybody went to bed. The

smiled at them. as

pronounced

"Children,

watched the other children

around the classroom. The

all

over

safely.

Louis

went

it

them

tripped

and get

seats

find

and so

his,

names as if they were in a trance. After every name, Miss Randolph repeated it. The children kids

Glenn,

managed

finally

please find a seat."

mumbled.

"Yes, ma'am," they

the

tell

about.

head bent.

He decided

new community swimming pool

that

to

had been

tell

He

about

built

for


and family

friends

his

last

summer.

rushed back to

then

the story,

Louis stumbled through

Glenn's turn was

seat.

his

pretty,

of

columns.

three

and young

older than

She was probably

too.

oldest sister.

his

Miss Randolph's red hair. red hair before. to

They

When

by her

sit

in

He had

Louis

his

"Yeah. That's what

tiny

bit

were not

alike

decided he

liked

second.

caught

name, Louis rushed

When

so

almost knocked the chair over

in

dolph

just

like

his

Momma's

Glenn

eagerness.

his

"Me

neither."

The

bell

called

smile

again.

room. They settled

Ran-

Miss

the

turned a page

little

It

in

the reader,

Louis

let

his

embarrassed.

he reached for

his

He

could feel

book he

let

his

As they

to

Louis

soft.

be more

recess, thus

It

was disappointed.

exciting to touch.

to the cafeteria faster.

fall

on the

He was

cheeks glow hotly.

arm brush

his

not have an unusual or different feeling.

and very

book

banged louder then he had imagined.

Then the

was

hers. slightly

He had bell

It

a

As did

warm

expected

rang for lunch

ending the reading. The children scampered

and gobbled down

their lunch to get outside

Hardly anyone said a word

until

they reached the

grader

Glenn?" her,

children

Glenn?"

from

in

thought

coloring

the halls

in

play.

their

all

way

the

They

to class-

into their seats.

we get we would spend

"Children, since I

floor.

base, then

fifth

I

Miss Randolph

something about "teacher's pet" to him. smiled

first

big

right."

all

"Would you want to marry "Naw, don't think so."

maybe

to

A

ball.

so Louis and Glenn went to outfield.

air,

think she's pretty,

"Yeah, she's

and ran

to the chair next to hers.

hissed

and

the

the

pushed, played, and giggled

He

it

in

it

ball,

kicked

then

Louis

"Do you

reading time came, Louis decided to

the circle around the table,

thought."

I

Glenn ran up, kicked the

really

never known anyone with

he could accidentally touch her arm.

announced

a

just

certainly

By the end of arithmetic,

though.

try

decided she was

Louis

new teacher?"

think of the

"She's O.K."

The morning passed quickly. Louis could feel the class relax a little, as Miss Randolph taught them how to multiply numbers

to wait

the ball.

"What do you

he listened to Glenn.

next, so

Glenn

Louis lined up behind

screaming playground. his turn to kick

you

anything

crayons and Glenn,

will

out of school early

like.

this

afternoon,

the rest of the time drawing and

Theresa,

will

you give out the

you give out the paper?"

"Yes, ma'am." "Yes, ma'am."

The paper chattered

rustled

softly.

expect from

this

gaily

in

They were

the still

room not

teacher.

"What are you gonna draw, Glenn?" "A horse." "What are you drawing?"

and the children

quite

sure

what

to


"A

soldier."

Glenn nodded to work.

his

approval and fhey both went diligently

The warm sun flashed down on

arms as he drew

Louis's

head and

his soldier.

Soldier Louis asked

Miss Randolph, "Are you doing any-

thing this afternoon, Miss

Randolph?"

"Well, no, soldier."

"Would you

to

like

go see

the

James Bond movie

that

is

playing now, Miss Randolph?" "I

can't, soldier."

"Why, Miss Randolph?" "You're colored, soldier."

The school

bell

out of the room.

It

rang.

Louis tore up his drawing and ran

was going

to

be a long year.

Karen Maher


There were colors,

NEEBELL SATAPIED

Blue and white and red.

There were people Singing songs joyfully.

There was a mist

Once apond

a

Penetrating everything.

dime

There were buildings

There were a straight scrugal.

These was a probalame

High

Cost he kneed to beest crookly.

An

He

rambulled embossed

It

is

the heavens,

in

made

outline

Seeing for a friend scrugal,

Suddenly I'm

Button he not but could fined once.

Deeper, higher.

Seved he puddled along

My God, WHY!

(he really did)

heavy.

night. falling

Untold he skied.

Help, no one hears

Cost windowed he skied

Loneliness closes round

He

grove

his

humble enter the the hamburgler

It's

End went he came up

It

He wash

I

no longest a goodly scrugal

a jungle from which

have

to get out.

are these people?

Masses, but not attached

That had crooklies

Each one

wood.

Moral: Don't evergreen skied clip your knot panting to

coming nearer

What

Butly nowst worst a sworled scrugal

Like a barbarian polecat

is

see plight a barbarian polecat iron ore a

own

theirs,

but

of the buildings

They show

Shi

of their

The colors are

What

crookly sworled scrugal!

is

Their songs express a part of themselves

us

how we

are.


Individuals, expressing ourselves

HEY, STUDENT

But as a whole

Reaching

Maybe

for

TEACH

something

of unity or of understanding.

To know themselves and Then, to know others.

.

.

Jo Ann Pearson

Baxter Allison and

.

Linda Powers

"Are you a new student? Well, step over to the side and I'll help you in a minute," said the school secretary.

What At

blow that was

a

moment

that

moment After

during I

would appreciate was a student teacher and not a new really began. The first big step was maneu-

but that

student, the fun

way.

my

to my ego the first day on the job. discovered there would never be a dull career as a student teacher.

explained to the secretary that

her help,

down

vering

I

the obstacle course,

After successfully dodging

the course, the next step

was

to

better known as the hallthe

students

summon

—

all

—

enter the classroom. There they were faces

all

thirty of

I

I

them.

a

also

running

my courage and sea

of

unfamiliar

But after a week's observation the

names began to match the faces. then had to summon my courage again to stand before those eager pupils and present my lesson which had so carefully prepared. stood I

I

I

trembling, gripping the lectern for moral support.

around the room trying to professor had told

be rushed end 20

of

my

at

me.

recall

everything

Immediately

the end of the period.

lesson

plan,

I

I

began

my so

I

glanced

education as

not to

Having reached the casually checked the time and to


— my

horror realized that there were fifteen minutes remaining

Somehow

the period.

in

and my

day

first

as

made

I

my

eight weeks

the

end

of

drew

it

me

brought

of the class

an end.

to

came

I

closer to the

I

As

day was over.

first

however,

to a close,

each day as

came

student teacher

a

was exhausted and relieved that the

end

the

to

it

dread

to

end

my

of

Throughout the eight weeks, experiences

other

the

with

was

it

interesting

One

of

my

a

"Why

composition on the topic

Hall."

His

running

in

from the students ranged from a complete

homemade

cookies and a

teacher

pupil rolling a piece of fruit to the front of the

student teacher. The best

had released

into

her

science

his

room

on

project

For the next few

garter snakes.

compete

to find

the

moments

Overheard by

are a

was pushing

supermarket was look at

Contrary

human and

my

to

as

always

not

one student

that

floor

of

pair

a

English took a back

restricted

student teacher her this

cart

comment by

the

the

end

of

primary grades as

like a

eight

the

of

student,

local

"Hey,

person."

opinion, nevertheless, the

classroom.

the

aisles

young

a

teacher trying to act

some student

to

the

in

around

me

all,

however,

room is

to

each

for the

that which

the gift of experience.

did."

I

with sub-

seat to science.

Experiences

of

gift

outfit

consists of

was

For example, the student English

own.

who walked

— which

the

in "I

this,

the hall because you said to hurry up, so

jects other than their

roll

fruit

ex-

Gifts of appre-

by having him

like

to

warm and meaningful

a

did for other student teachers.

ele-

in

Must Run

I

went something

composition

The secondary teachers often have

Mom,

it

friends teaching

the elementary grades disciplined a student

she

ciation

ended

student teaching

share

to

both

teachers,

student

mentary and secondary schools.

write

my

cannot be taken away from

career.

in

of

perience as

we

all

last

web, don't touch

corner into which no

light

is

cast.

passing glance, bottle of Scotch

But

A A

it!

blind spot

—an easy escape.

do you forget?

myriad

of

menagerie

Remember How many

moments, of

memories

— Forget

.

.

.

masters has one soul?

are

weeks approached

hated to leave that sea of not-so-unfamiliar faces. The

A A A A A

I

day

8ecky Powers


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J"

Crooked holdings r ->'

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^

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s

— shadowy

Beneath.

^

of the quill

Black 'gainst a forestry background.

To

|f kT.-.t^ -'lit

you umbrella stems

side of

That have

lost that

which protects

'Gainst the varied droplets.

Do you

feel the rain,

The wind?

Do you Soon

feel the

will

cold?

you orange feathers

Be gone? Will you be laid bare

To But

"

the will

snow? you hold flowers

Next year?

Bt^-^aiJ Sharon Collins

22


— and

in

"THE DIARY OF KIYOSHI MASAKAZU"

Stone

around lanterns

the

pond

branches, and stationed

pond were bridge spanned the

Carol Skelley

which

were suspended

stately

among

several

he could see blooming water

garden.

hanging

rocks which surrounded

the

An arched wooden

bronze cranes.

the pond; and

the

low

highlighted

from

one looked down from

if

lilies

sun was already shining through the trees

and casting bizarre

shadows upon the rocks and pond.

was the scene

This

Kiyoshi savored as she looked out her window.

Masakazu awoke with

Kiyoshi

joy which she at

she

remembered

a feeling of expectancy

— today,

August

6,

kimono

of

blue

light

matching obi around her

brocade.

slim waist

Kiyoshi

(just

Kiyoshi's

six

Myeko, was already warming the

one

honor of

city

Masakazu's home, frame

and

walls

like

most

which

in

more modern ones. The

supported

a

heavy

tile

roof.

This

home

long

amid the exquisite garden which surrounded it. Nutrees had been artistically planted

suited the climate of

Japan and seemed

secure.

Itsukushima

She

sitting

As

in

the tokonoma, the most important part of

She excitedly sank

to her knees

and ate her

Asano

part of the

day

thought,

for

she loved to walk

beneath

the

at

Park. in

many bamboo and

to

Kiyoshi

rice

coming

spend the greater delighted

at

the

the coolness of the park laurel

Like

trees.

most

Japanese, Kiyoshi revered nature and she knew the precise

Japan, consisted of a wooden

style

warm and of the

Kiyoshi had been given the

She and her family were going

day.

which reflected traditional Japanese

architecture and customs as well as

all

silence as she anticipated the events of the

balls in

family's

Kiyoshi and her family lived on the outskirts of Hiroshima.

was a prosperous

family already knelt around a low table.

her birthday privileges,

of

the house.

breakfast of rice balls over the hibachi.

It

inside

reminded her

But Kiyoshi could not tarry on these thoughts.

room where her

the

was yet very

It

good it

that

Looking at

folded her mat and bedding quickly and then entered the

but the day promised to be warm.

o'clock),

mother,

tied

her feel

was because

it

Shrine.

her most

and adorned her shining

black hair with several butterfly ornaments. early

in

made

always

Perhaps

1945, was her birthday.

She arose quickly from her mat and dressed beautiful

it

and

Soon, however,

could not understand.

first

it,

The

floating lazily about.

to be-

rock gardens, quiet pools,

and ornate bridges

would

She also thought of the dinner

her

lure

mother would prepare

snapped

merous flowers and dwarf

tempura. 23

her as always.

in

that

evening.

in

the park

Her black eyes

expectation as she pictured her favorite dish

She could see her mother before the hibachi coat-


wheat

ing the fish with the delicious

and egg mixture.

flour

for

Ah, such a day as

fried in boiling water.

Kiyoshi

this!

breakfast.

As

and

left

if

on

the

immediately and held purest

the

bossed.

silk

Mrs.

signal,

room in

She returned

happy because you

her hands a pale green kimono of

flushed

with

Myeko

and

pleasure

As

Kiyoshi admired her splendid

and she vowed

that she

she wasn't pleased with

if

gift,

smiled

his

in

Soon

her older brother's

Murato

could

given

wreathed her face as she proudly held up parents to admire. This was certainly a

a

modern

her.

last

Smiles

to

by

lush

his

tissue,

theirs,

She seemed transfixed.

Her

father

ferns

noted that

day was

now considered

member

holiday stillness

for

a

intermittent

blasts.

The

for the air

to

still

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

a

rustic

to

fill

the

first

Suddenly,

of the family

light

24

shot

rays.

and

across

a

bench somewhat isolated

page

trees.

of her it

new

She

sat

diary.

As

caught one of the

She looked down admiringly and

was almost 8:15. To

ahead

Koyoshima,

Mrs.

and surrounded by bamboo

morning it

had sounded.

all-clear

with

talk

but Kiyoshi continued along the path which

her favorite spot

sun's early

Kiyoshi lifted a fragile watch from

twelve-year-old daughter an adult

family

Suddenly, however, the

she wrote, her gold watch glinted as

daughter

mild curiosity, but he now eyed her sharply as she opened the package which he had given to her. After care-

the box.

stopped

down and decided

with

removing the

Myeko, and Tanimota,

family

neighbor of

would enjoy using.

fully

park and strolled

the

Kiyoshi was blissfully happy, as

and by eight o'clock the

long,

Kiyoshi's

led

his

Let us

sounded each morning when the United States city. The warning blasts did not

raid warning

which she

Tanimota, Kiyoshi's father, had been watching

saying,

weather plane flew over the

diary for her gift

come, the day wastes.

Masakazus took cover but were not too alarmed,

Murato, she knew, was

have

and

daughter as you and are

day was broken by several

the

of

many Japanese boys who preferred the ways of the modern world rather than the ancient customs of their ancestors. Kiyoshi considered this as she unwrapped the package, what

watch that had

much loved daughter

the Masakazus entered

after,

were Murato,

like

wondering

But

are.

together was quite special.

a small

would show no disappointment gift.

her

at

of such a

peacefully along the paths.

her brother Murato

bowed, smiled, and offered her

Kiyoshi saw the apprehension

package. face,

her,

a

depart for Asano Park."

happily for she knew she had pleased her daughter.

stepped before

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

the tears of happiness stinging her cheeks,

felt

"Kiyoshi,

on which white and pink peonies were em-

Kiyoshi

gold heirloom

this

great-grandmother.

Myeko laughed softly we are proud

Masakasu arose from the

no explanation.

with

to her

she choked as she tried to express her thanks to her family.

Kiyoshi put aside her thoughts and soon finished her small

floor

he trusted her with

once belonged

She pictured how splendid the dish would look after being

think that the

whole glorious

of her!

without the

sky.

warning, Kiyoshi

a

tremendous

frantically

flash

clutched

of

her


diary and ran several steps before the impact of the force

threw her

in

the midst of the foliage.

who had earlier felt so secure and special number one of the 78,000 killed as the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima by the United

The

little

was now first

girl

just

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

a

WHEN

FIRST

THE

SNOW

FALLS

States.

Many days initial

later,

as

began

the city

to

recover from the

shock of the explosion, corpse details were sent out

to gather the bodies.

After seeing so

many

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;trying

the workers hunted methodically-

human

nightmarish objects were

horrifying deaths,

to forget that these

beings.

However,

thoughtful

member

young

he prayed: "Thank you, God, for sparing

girl

daughter.

me

I

know

if

of

the

When

one

as

The

bent over the body of a

detail

You had desired

it,

of a

book

lifted

her hand and the skin

hand

still

read:

"I shall

He

held the charred

always

in

first the slow and swift, From the cool heights of heaven,

that this form before

Let

Her face

fell

remember

this

picked

day, August

6,

the screen of silence,

Fall like cat's

When Fall

it

a field of velvet.

earthward, they prevent

gently

Slow to a

." .

paws upon

these thoughts

From bursting

And

up and

1945.

first

Mr. Busy-Bound-About

away, but the bones of her

He

down

Present meets Past as the several stars Fluid from

her hand. The rescue worker

remnant.

falls,

When

her melted eyes had hardened on her cheeks. Her mouth was greatly swollen and the once pus-covered wounds on her lips had dried and cracked. She held what seemed to

be the remains

snow

the

sound of whiteness

Whispers gently pensive music.

my own

could have been she."

The girl's skin was red and swollen. It smelled. was wholly burned. The eyesockets were hollow.

first

soft

his

bee-like buzz

let swift

silent

lull

thoughts as our

Mother

.

Soothes with her sweet lullaby

wept.

And

lowers our

lids

to a sleepy stillness.

Sharon Collins 25


26


UNCHANGING

TIMES

Mainly because of the oppressive heat, she had been

Eyre.

reading a

Wanda

Rush

The sound

lately.

lot

her father's

of

As

the grey Pontiac pulled to a slow stop

modest one, not noticeably unique among the other two

Dave

office.

a

Mitchell even at thirty-six was

and occasionally enjoyed playing

story

brown

had only

Surrounding the house were

door.

His

flowers ranging from tiny white dahlias to

which

blended so completely with the

large red

Adding

that

was hardly distinguishable.

the

roses.

quiet serenity to the atmosphere,

plainly

just

been

of lamps, ashtrays

Even

visible.

add warmth

failed to

have

images

the

rosy

tone

to the livingroom, for

fluffed

and

and cleaned so

its

that

tiny figurines

of pile

his

carpet

the

seemed

throughout

nylon curtains pencils

in

in

the

entire

the master

house

from

bedroom

the

as

any passerby

to the neatly

sharpened

dreading to enter the house. his

wife

easily.

He

out of her rest.

It

grey

of

color

natural

however,

Lately,

fit

next

blue-

his

was as

if

a

a

dull

had been steadily

some

For the

last

few years he

apart.

drifting

In

the

past,

abuses and was even

his wife's

extent, but,

because

of the inci-

dent with Jennifer, he was no longer able to find escape so

passed

It

this

had noticed life

his

daughter seemed to be cutting him

and no longer valued

off as

a

stage

all

his

judgments, but he

teenagers go through.

Now,

he could no longer ignore the fact that he had almost com-

station

drifted.

pletely lost his daughter's respect.

Jennifer was

brown unruly

if

able to ignore them to

the study.

Only one room seemed to be set apart from the was from this room that the sounds of a pop radio

hair's

had descended upon them, giving them

veil

he had been able to shut out

white

starched

sprinkling

a

glimmer.

usual

their

lost

boys

As he neared the house from the gravel-covered driveway, pace slowed and his steps lost their habitual springy gait,

and

to

might be considered an intruder. This effect seemed to prevail

hair

physically

the

grey quality.

Inside, this neatness and serenity continued to be extended. The cherry table tops were polished with such meticulous care

that the reflected

had

eyes

clouded

August sun.

were

it

green

large trees shaded the lawn from the blistering heat of

five

light

still

with

ball

many well-tended

on the block.

the Mitchell

in

waved and shouted hello to their father, who was just returning from the

neighbor, Jennifer's

home was

Unimpressive from the outside, the Mitchell

structures

the

in

the Bryant children

drive,

brick

car

drive called her attention from her reading.

now

lying across her

bed

At seventeen Jennifer was beginning

twisting a piece of

hair as she read the closing chapters of

Jane

father's

27

image.

No

longer was he the

man

to

reevaluate

her

she had looked up


to for

guidance, authority, and protection. The

figure

who

had

trips

carried

now seemed

her

tired

from the

sleeping

her

be

to

just

tall

powerful

Of

the community.

in

course,

was not

it

which appeared

night

proved

kiss

weak and

When compared

this.

however,

presence,

ful

she forgot

if

Jennifer

If

to

good-

go

to her mother's force-

wished

help

with

for

he would always

and then say better talk

it

his

in

flat

to

listen

her

and

to

go

with

these

thoughts,

He stopped

to pet Gl, the family setter

always waited patiently for him on the porch, patting against

the

railing.

Only

after

picking

up

the

There he met

of his arrival "It's

minutes

his

wife,

Carol,

was basting an overdone

who

at

the

late!

It

looks like

you could

call

ridiculous

it.

The

anyone

for

that

it

to

to

pretend to be

made one seem

only

beginning to form about

tiny lines

his tail

of the responsibilities of her.

marriage he was drafted to fight her with the small

It

entirely too

leaving

his

afternoon

life

many

after

fully

her

as carefree as her hus-

They had married

a

in

She had once been

flict,

in

responsibility

Dave had been given

wasn't

entirely

young, and soon the Korean con-

two-week-old

a

of

Remaining untouched by

bank account.

realizing the situation at

a

desk job

in

Seoul.

Not

home, he had sometimes spent

entire monthly allowance in

one

night.

After

his

period

had ended and he returned home, Dave found

of service

Carol much changed. She had learned to stretch her military

moment

allotment herself

if

retained her figure.

had been forced upon

fault.

the war,

who

roast.

about time you got home! You're already

attempt

baby and

his

newspaper and scanning the headlines did Dave enter the kitchen.

was

it

family

Dave's

habitual routine of entering the house almost totally oblivious to his actions.

She

Her dark black

was noticeably streaked with grey which she refused

the

man"

Dave went through

the room, called

left

hair

still

band, but since her marriage,

directly to her mother.

Occupied

and

after marriage.

So through the

years Jennifer had learned to leave out the "middle

is

her face gave her countenance a hardened expression some-

"Maybe you had

over with your mother, Honey."

dinner

himself at the table.

what implying the changes which had taken place

her problems patiently

voice,

the

thirty-five

foolish to

to a girl friend's, or advice, she

monotone

before

was

younger than they were and

always turned to her mother, not that her father would not listen,

washed up and seated

dye, saying

image faded, making him seem

his

insignificant.

homework, permission

his usual

Jennifer

Carol had not always been such a nagging woman.

that

he no longer cared for her; to the contrary, the hurt expression in his eyes

call

Without a word Dave mechanically Jennifer,

her with material wealth, belonging to the right clubs, and

being active

Hurry and

late.

completely ruined!"

Outwardly, he appeared the ideal father, providing

father.

be

to

when long someone to call car

forty-five

it

you are going

was

to

and

to

provide

for

even save a

to search the

paper

needs

the little

for

of

daughter and

She knew what

bargains and to squeeze every

possible drop of toothpaste from the tube.

28

her

on the side.


After Dave's return Carol continued to control the finances

and

of the family

family's

by

little

little

and

responsibilities

had taken over more

had

become

the

keystone

many teenagers would have by now

of

Jennifer's

the family.

Throughout the meal Dave ate

in

utter silence except

seemed changed

for

an occasional pass-this-please or pass-that-please and thankyou.

Even

if

he had wished to speak,

his wife's

oration

ended

dealing

topic,

with

complaints about the inefficiency.

the

for

the

maid,

the

in

basement?

How much

lawn?

When

last

think

it

could

climax

time you

be found

placing the dishes

in

the

kitchen

where

up again!

his

Didn't

I

"This

washer

it

.

that

was upmost

in

his

Jennifer's father.

was only her

it

angry voices

rose,

And

place!

just

better than to

when

come

I

"It will

was

drawing

come

much

as

ages to find

at the best part!

sneaking up on

my own room!"

in

me

This

I

me

think

I

The

"Look what

father.

take

ya'."

like

Don't you that?

I'm

deserve some

sudden outburst seemed

it had to her father. room saying nothing and nothing had

of a surprise to her as

left

the

since.

was as though

It

it

had

never happened. Before

mind was never even discussed.

of

Then she realized

been said about the matter

this,

Jennifer

uttered a disrespectful

what continued

in

room, with only an occasional murmur from her

Then the sound

"Got

her bed to the

He had meekly

.

Soon, the voice of her mother could be heard echoing

the

hands

of

of

to

wasn't a

she

exact position

by a pair

from her hands, over the side

fell

privacy

is

this

this

when she was reaching

startled

seventeen years old, not seven, and

warn you when you bought

wife's existence,

of,

know

good brand? Look at it! Just look! All the suds overflow no matter how little detergent is used. Every." time you make a decision something like this happens! Dave never had the chance to say a word. The matter that

Just

was

she

event,

mad

almost

book

my

was

wife

the automatic dishwasher.

"Dave," she complained as he entered, acting

the

of

in

you've done now!," she yelled,

After the meal was over and Jennifer had gone back to

Dave entered

It

have

to

grabbing her around the waist and the cry

floor.

cheaper some other place? her reading,

bed

across the

lying

with her back to the door.

plumber

did you say the new piece

and don't you

car costs

was the

the

seemed

this.

since that day.

had been

her husband's

call

matter,

the

doing

her

nothing

the novel, Jane's discovery of the

and

problems,

but mainly with

"Dave, did you remember to

about the leak

mowed

housekeeping

her

how outwardly

ironical

forgotten

prevented

nature

sensitive

an

to

Although

earlier.

Reading a particularly exciting and suspenseful portion of

any such hope. Throughout the meal she jumped from topic to

Her mind flashed back

from her reading.

attention

event which had taken place nearly a week

of the

to

had,

word

unlike

most

teenagers,

never

to either of her parents. This

plague her.

Why

had such a

slight

is

inci-

dent initiated such a violent reaction?

her

I

29

love

my

father,

in

fact,

that

might

just

be the problem.


I

care too much.

It

seems

Mom

like

and Dad are constantly

arguing and degrading each other.

Dad.

ridicules

towards him, the way he that

is

just

the other hand,

How

position.

least

Mom

in

it

I

am

another world.

able to feel the

futility

Maybe

is

when

what

I

Mom

I

How

was

just

trying

to

vantage of him, knowing outrage.

Unable

But

trying to

do.

all

before that.

come, so

just

wish

it

I

I

seem

say such things to

make him stand up

Or maybe

Maybe

it

make?

My

to

my for

that

was taking ad-

I

I

my

feel so useless!

changed week and the week They are as they will be for months and months why waste time wondering why they occur? to

help.

nothing. Things are just as they

to

Mom's

the time he wouldn't react to

what difference does

do anything

to

could

yelled at him so disrespectfully. is

think.

I

of

must be to go on and on arguing and

be torn between the two. himself

feel the

I

more than he does,

never really realizing a solution to the problems.

father?

always

stands there taking everything

were

said as though he

humiliation of his position even

On

At

always seem to end up feeling sympathetic

I

would

were

outburst has

last

I

all

end.

The voices downstairs crescendoed with her mother's voice "You've never amounted

resounding throughout the house, to

anything and you

never

will!

I

don't

know why

I

ever

MEMORY

married you!"

Memory 'Til

is

the

garden where flowers stay

in

bloom

time cleans house with forgetful's old broom.

Linda Long 30


PATRONS Baldwin's, Farmville, Virginia

Stackpole Components

Mr.

F.

Company,

P.

O. Box

M

H. Kilpatrick, Stackpole Components Co.

Mr. Daniel A. Bunn, Stackpole Components Co.

The Personnel Department of Stackpole Components Co.

Longwood

Jeweler, Farmville, Virginia

Farmville Manufacturing Co., Shopping Center

Cedar Brook Grant's,

Restaurant, Rice

Road

Shopping Center

Owen-Sanford, Shopping Center Gray's Collins Funeral

Home &

Carter's Florist Leggett's Farmville Herald

College Shoppe Crute's

Newman's Mens Shop

Florist


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