by Marshall Jamison

At about ten years of age or so, I heard Robert Frost
recite his poetry aloud
for what, it seemed to me to be a most attentive
and respectful crowd
in Harvard Yard, a meeting place of those who
search for knowledge,
the brick-lined mecca that surrounds much of
Harvard College.
He read quickly without emphasis that might
have been revealing
and his words belied emotion which I thought
he must be feeling.

When he finished his last bucolic rhyme,
something about a sick cow in Appletime
that ate his apples, which it seemed were green!

I recall that he shivered, bowed quickly
and hastily left the scene,
to be recognized later as the poet sublime,
dreamer, doer, the complete Master
of Meter and of Rhyme.

Author’s Note: My father, an English professor, took me to Harvard Yard that day. I’m now very grateful.

Posted by Marshall Jamison

George Marshall Shipman Jamison was born in Boston on June 16, 1918. His father, Walter Washington Jamison, was an English professor at MIT. His mother, Margaret Shipman Jamison, taught acting in Boston. He was a student at The New England Conservatory of Music and at Yale University. From 1942 to 1946, Mr. Jamison served as a staff officer for the U.S. Maritime Service. After his tour of duty, Mr. Jamison moved to New York City to pursue his interests in theatre. In 1948, Mr. Jamison made his Broadway debut in Mister Roberts. He then branched out into directing. Mr. Jamison then moved into television. In 1953 he was the Associate Producer and Director of Ford’s Fiftieth Anniversary. From 1956 to 1958, Mr. Jamison was the Executive Producer of The U.S. Steel Hour. In 1960, he won an Emmy Award as Producer of The Fabulous Fifties starring Henry Fonda. In the 1960′s, Mr. Jamison was the director of the popular network television series That Was the Week That Was starring David Frost. In the early ’70′s, Mr. Jamison directed A World Apart, a daytime television drama. In 1973, Mr. Jamison left commercial television and became a Senior Producer with the Nebraska Educational Television Network. During his long association with NETV, he directed and/or produced several award winning series for the network including Anyone for Tennyson? and The Mark Twain series. Mr. Jamison earned the title Poet Laureate of NETV for his lovely and touching poems. In 1990, Mr. Jamison retired from NETV. In 1992 he moved to Florida where, for over 11 years, he served as the Poetry Editor and author of many articles for GO INSIDE Magazine. In the year 2000, Mr. Jamison celebrated his golden wedding anniversary with his wife of fifty years, Janet Rosa Jamison. Mr. Jamison’s family includes the following children: Patricia, Janeen, Josh, Terri, Marshall and Janet. His grandchildren are Oliver, Beth, Marlene, Jennifer, Elizabeth and Emily. His great grandchildren include John, Matthew and Blaise. [Publisher's Note: On September 2, 2003, the earth broke for us forever when Marshall Jamison died of congestive heart failure in Orlando, Florida. He was 85. Marshall was a fine man, a great scholar, a caring father, a proud mentor and a loving friend. He was a Golden Boy in the Golden Age of television. When it came to writing the only thing that mattered was if the work was good: Fame, success and money all flowed from being good first. One of Marshall's many gifts was making bad good. We already painfully miss him for the world is less without him. Marshall Jamison's intelligence, beauty and kindness were powerful inspirations for everyone at GO INSIDE Magazine and he will eternally shine herein and glimmer from within us always. -- David W. Boles]

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