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A school’s royal wealth
Lived through a saintly Father
By the grace of God
Empowering to succeed
Recipients of bounty:
Teachers and students
Under God’s authority
Striving to serve Him.

Made in His royal image
And by His ordination.
“Grant that we obey
Nurtured by your holiness
Upward bound to you
Serving you with loyalty.”

“By Faith, Bound for Excellence.”

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Albertus Magnus High School, in Bardonia, New York, named after Saint Albert of Cologne (circa 1200-1280), a German thirteenth century Dominican friar and Saint, and a teacher of Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), Italian Dominican friar and priest, is a family-oriented parochial high school whose administration is based on prayer, study, community outreach, and service. This poem was composed as a Praise Poem to pay homage to the school’s mission of elevating students, their teachers, and its entire faculty to strive for excellent achievement with moral fortitude and dignity in all areas of service. The poem is written in the form of an acrostic to spell out the name of the school, “Albertus Magnus” and its guiding principle of “Building Faith, Bound for Excellence.” The literary format of the composition is that of an extended tanka poem, employing throughout the three-stanza, fifteen lines of the composition, a consistent 5-7-5-7-7 metric register. 

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Written on January 26, 2023

Submitted by karlcfolkes on January 26, 2023

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Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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