Helen Keller
by: Allison Ewing (age 14)
© 1999

Helen was alone, in a world all dark,

unable to see, unable to hear a dog’s bark.

Her sight and her hearing were stolen away,

never to return, by an illness one fall day.

She struggled in her prison, unwillingly blind,

silently hoping a teacher to find.

Enter Annie Sullivan, vision impaired,

raised in a poorhouse, a nightmare that

she and her brother shared.

Through hard work and tears, through hope and despair,

Annie wrestled with Helen and found that she cared.

Her task was successful, although Helen couldn’t see,

she understood language and even could speak.

Because Annie Sullivan was the first to reach her,

Helen thought of her simply as her own "Teacher."