Teachers come and go,
and then there are some that
really go the extra mile,
and are remembered for ever.
I was a tall gawky youngster,
struggling at school,
much picked on, teased, maligned,
by fellow students and teachers alike,
then there was an English teacher,
who also taught us history and biblical studies,
who took a great interest in me,
and tweaked my interest in research and writing
started me writing poetry,
and coming out of my shy
ghost like self into a more
concrete certain person, interested in many things:
Jay Heale, and I kept contact,
and when I got married he was my best man,
he helped many other children,
and runs a web site all about children’s literature,
which is followed and loved by people from all over the world.
Jay is a very special type of hero,
the type that we all need.