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Coloring Outside the Lines
Gene Fehler

got me kept after school
in first grade
especially when Mrs. Dobbish
found I was
doing it on purpose, running
the orange
crayon all the way across
my page
and onto my desk, where
I drew a
flat nose, big eyes, smiling
mouth on a
bright round sun that Mrs.
Dobbish, in spite
of the smile, thought looked
like her

This poem appeared previously in Potpourri, Studio One, The Armchair Aesthete, Horizons, Bellowing Ark, 
Let the Poems Begin!
, and
A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry (2005).
Used here with the author’s permission.
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Most people would put sports and poetry in two completely different camps; they’ve never met Gene Fehler. Gene is the author of over eighteen hundred published poems, stories and articles—many of them about baseball.  A teacher, book collector, and avid sportsman, he writes for children, teens, and adults. Originally from Illinois, Gene now lives with his wife, Polly, in Seneca, South Carolina. Learn more about him at



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Like the line breaks, although even if the lines went all across the page I'd still like them.
Posted 09/07/2012 12:16 PM
ed werstein:
great start to my day. "in spite of the smile" saves two stanzas. excellent poem.
Posted 09/07/2012 09:25 AM
Gene Fehler's poetic touch has only grown more sure and more enticing over the years.
Posted 09/07/2012 08:05 AM
Wilda Morris:
I love the ending! And the poem is well constructed!
Posted 09/07/2012 07:14 AM
Posted 09/07/2012 05:54 AM

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