Think Ink*

Teachers with tattoos. A visible state of affairs to bemuse Not because I’m a Puritan, Anymore than I’m arguably old by comparison: It’s more a moral question of sorts About private lives and public thoughts… Standing as a role model by dint of profession, Is ink-on-skin a display of unspoken confession? However bold and beautiful, […]

The Mythology of Technology*

They gave me a laptop and bade me, ‘Type!’ It’s really only now I reflect on the hype: The status of technology Supposedly empowering me Missing fundamentally The point. To write by hand May be not so grand, All higgledy-piggle With the strokes and wiggles, Crossings out and spelling mistakes But [expletive deleted] it’s the […]

School’s Out*

To those of you in Education, I bid you a singularly restful vacation, Albeit rather compact in size, -So best leave no room for compromise…(!) ‘Tis well-deserved by all accounts, This week seeing exhaustion mount As students find new energy To counterbalance staff lethargy, With only hours left to go Until it’s time to close […]

Farewell to Joneville*

JonevilleĀ is a place we go Where TAs take their joys and woes, Met with acceptance and space to converse On topics of all subjects -though Education First! The business of enabling In order to include; The safety-valve of humour (-without being rude!!); The moans and the groans, The targets and the paperwork (Though all done […]

Glitter Banned*

It’s difficult not to feel bitter About the banning of glitter… A seasonal treat since the age of four- With tinsel and baubles and so much more- It’s hard to imagine festivities Without this seasonal proclivity: Celebrations across the nation Potentially stymied by this situation, The natural preoccupation With festive folly across the nation Suddenly […]

Education For All?*

For all, as a child, I ever complained About going school again and again, About homework and lessons and teachers’ tempers, About friendships and fall-outs with other class-members, I’m grateful retrospectively That the land of my birth permitted me (Not for a moment considering a choice) The right to learn and express my voice: To […]

Pot, Kettle *

As the nights grow long And the days grow shorter Do you worry for the safety Of your son or daughter? -Headphones on and phone in hand, Completely oblivious to the lie of the land: Buses, cars and cyclists surging, Demons on shoulders persistently urging, ‘Take the risk!- See how it feels To touch the […]