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"Devoir anglais"

Preamble: I'm an English as second language teacher in Higher Education. In this current period of more-than-doubled workload due to the hurried and inexpert transition to distance learning, this poem was prompted by one unnamed submitted file too many...


Dear student,

You are unique.

You’re the only you in the world. It’s true,

So I understand for you, ...

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Season of Tests...

A little poem for all the teachers out there...

Season of Tests


Season of tests and sallow fruitlessness,

Pacing the aisles of shuffling fidget minds

Tapping pens and flicking rulers and the mess

Of scrunched up paper, shavings and the rinds,

Satsumas curling, yellowing skins up turned,

Ink stained fingers, mucky finger nails,

The slow stumble of old ideas new learned.


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The Ballad of the Classroom



I’m going to burst, I need a pen,

I had it first, say that again!

I’m feeling sick, You got a tissue?

Watch this trick, I heard her diss you…


It’s boring this, I hate this school

Can I see Miss, I play the fool.

I always leave before the end

I just sit here, beside my friend.


I won’t change seats, you can’t make me

What ...

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A lesson that I Taught



I Teach!!

I taught...

Here's a lesson that I taught...

I had this lesson. It were ace in my mind!

The planning was tight, concise, well timed


Going into the room - my stage

Put on the teacher face, the act

(My phone is buzzing but I don't react)


Lights, camera, action! You're on!


"Hi guys! Come in, unpack your things!"


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Chapter 22: Girl, Can I Tell You A Wonderful Thing?

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She looked at me with those green eyes

Gentle eyes that told a story of hard trials

Stories yet to unfold,

Tales that must be retold


She said, By the time I was your age

I’d give anything to fall in love

That’s when I met the man of my dreams

My knight in shining armor


So many days we awaken to morning blues

Making love under the sunrise

With passion within ...

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To my favourite student Sonya

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This poem I devote to my student I dote,

To my beautiful Sonya.

May be she’ll be a lawyer

As she hates deceivers

And think how to overcome rough rivers.

May be she’ll be an actress

As she can imitate anyone perfectly well

And her voice sounds like a bell.

So, may be she’ll be a famous singer

Or a well-known writer

As her imagination is great.


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