by: Allison Ewing (age 14)
Helen was alone, in a world all dark,
unable to see, unable to hear a dogs 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 couldnt 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."