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Updated on October 22, 2011



Robert Hewett Sr.

THE SETTING: Miz Joree is leading a workshop for creative writing at DON’T GIVE UP JUNIOR HIGHSCHOOL in SOMEWHERE, TEXAS, a non-metropolitan community; in fact, more backwoods than anything else.

CLASS AGE: 8TH graders, except for PEA POCKET PAUL (so named because he always carried blackeyed peas in his pocket for good luck). Triple P is 18 years old, having been held back by his parents to work on the farm while his Pa was down with a bad case of “I don’t want to work anymore”. Triple P is delighted to be in this class. He decided that when he first laid eyes on Miz Joree.

SIGNIFICANT FACT: Miz JOREE is age 21, having just graduated from Hill Country Teachers State College where she attended on an academic scholarship. The rest is left to your imagination:


“Good Morning class, welcome to Hipshot, our creative writing workshop.”

“I have written my name on the blackboard right at the top.”

“Yes, Paul, did you want to say something to the class?”

“Uh, Miz Jawreeee, would you move to where we can see you.

We get a much better view if you are over there.”

“Now Paul, the desk is only waist high and I am taller than that,

So why do I need to move away from my desk?”

“Wal Now Miz Jawreeee, I can’t halp but wonder,

What you look like below the desk.”

“Now Paul we are here to learn about creative writing,

So, just pay attention to what I am writing on the blackboard.”

Yas’em, Miz Jawreeee, I surely will watch everything you do.

Would you please write at the top of the board, it’s neat

When you stand on your tiptoes in that mini skirt.”

“Paul, pay attention, this is a workshop not a leering saloon,

Take your pencil and write down WORKSHOP on your paper.”

Yas’em, how do you spell WORKSHOP, Miz Jawreeee?”

S T U D Y, Paul, that is the word you need to know.”

Yas’em, Miz Jawreeee, that is a new word for me.”

“Uh Miz Jawreeeee, did you know that when you write

On the Blackboard your butt kinda sways back and forth?”

“Paul, watch your language, if you want to stay in this class,

You need to focus on me, UH, I mean the material.”

“Aw Miz Jawree I sure do like it when you turn red,

I wonder if yore toes turn red too?”

“Hey Miz Jawreeee, there are two more students

Coming into the room. They look older than me.”

“What are those uniforms on them; SCHOOL SECURITY.

Hey guys, don’t jab me in the ribs with those sticks,

Let go mah arms, I can stand up fellas. You

guys want to go get a beer or something, just ask.

You don’t have to carry me, I can walk.

Bye Miz Jawreeee, it shore was good to meet you”.


Robert Hewett Sr.

Copyright 2005

(Written to cheer up fellow poet Joree Williams

while she was in the hospital 2005. She has framed

it and has it displayed on her family room wall)


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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Thanks Renee, Joree is special to all of her friends.

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      Renee Masterson 5 years ago

      Oh Wow..I got a good laugh out of that : )

      Joree very inspirational on never giving up on your dreams. I am still writing..and waiting for the right publisher to come along when I am ready. Joree instills words of encouragement. A woman with the grandest heart and soul. Thanks for the read Robert, and thanks for sharing the page Marilyn..keeping Joree & her family extended poets) in my prayers..Love to all~Renee Masterson~aka Angel Out-Law

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      You are so right Marilyn, I never knew Joree to say a bad word about anyone. She dearly loved writing and she dearly loved helping others. I am very glad she got to spend time with you on your radio blog show. Bob

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      MARILYN FRANCIS 5 years ago

      Love Joree forever, she will be missed by many, I miss her now, she loved reading on my blog talk radio show...:( God be with her in a special way and her loved ones...

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Joree, you such an amazing person with such a big heart to help others. I am deeply honored to have you as a special friend. Thanks for all the times you have complimented me and others on our writing. Robert