friends often communicate with
each other by way of unsigned one line e-mails.
A century ago girls were leaving each other
poems (or grinds, as they liked to call them)
on birthday invitations, at place settings,
on Mountain Day, for holidays and just for fun!
are a few more poems that Bertha Newcomb (1909)
received in her Sophomore Year (1906-07) :
know a teacher named Mary Pearle
Who puts my roommate's head in a whirl.
If she wasn't so nice
I'd fear in a thrice
For My Bertha's a 'dear little girl' (31)
wrote next to the poem above "How about
the Kentucky lady Sophie a dear?" I am
not sure what she means by this. Perhaps Sophie
is the girl who wrote the poem for Bertha.
am glad my name is Bertha
I am glad that I am young
I know that you do tame
For me you would be hung
Although I am sick with the fever
I know you will study your 'lit'
as everything seems to tell me that
you are very " _____ ____" (32)
above poem has "silly sophomore" written
next to it. This poem is obviously an inside
as Bertha is assumed to know the two last words
of the last line. Reading the poem in the
day leaves us only to guess what was meant.