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This poem is what happens after teaching thirty years.

A boy sits in the corner
            and talks. 
He is bookless and

               going without sleep.
His eyes are like
            the red tide
                with jelly fish floating.

He practices the electric guitar
            sure of stardom
            reading, writing, science and math.
“Job security comes with literacy!”
The teacher cries with broken voice
            his words falling into an abyss.
One true beauty,
            hating homework and books,
            wants to go to college
            and become a shrink
            solving the world’s problems
            along the way
            while dreaming of a banker
            buying the million dollar mansion with
            a Rolls Royce and Mercedes Benz in the garage.
They will fly to the South of France once a year       
            where their villa faces the sea.
“Today,” the teacher says, “we study irony.
There is dramatic irony, situational irony
            and verbal irony, which is where someone
            says the opposite of what they mean.”
The rock star refuses to listen
            not learning rhythm and rhyme.
Instead, he knows fame awaits—
             why bother?
The dramatic irony is that the teacher
            already knows the ending of his story
            where at thirty
            the future rock star
            falls into the toilet of lost dreams.
Another adolescent dreamer
            plans to earn an MFA
            and write books
            that change the world.
She hates reading and plays every angle
            squeaking by
            sure Harvard
            will stand in line
            begging for her
            raw literary talent
            with no need for revisions.

Her parents believe every word
            she drops like dew
            on blades of grass
            glistening in the morning light.
Her mother says “My daughter is a rare genius,
            a Hemingway;
            the next Joyce Carol Oats.
Any teacher who gives her less than an A is incompetent.”
The teacher sees this as an example of situational irony.
He bites his tongue
            knowing the truth
            no one wants to hear.
That Alexander the Great,
            Aristotle’s student,
            was not stupid.
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Reviewed by Michelle Mead 11/18/2008
This is so true, especially nowadays when the material means more to most young people than the things that really matter. I particularly liked the Joyce Carol Oates/Hemingway part, though Bukowski and Kerouac could be added to it as well, lolol.
Reviewed by Juliet Waldron 11/17/2008
A lot of this "many wish to know, but few wish to pay the price"--wish I remembered the Latin--going around these days. The girl in your poem will probably make a fortune writing romance novels...
Reviewed by John Flanagan 11/17/2008
Fine and true examples for sure of adolescent illusions and indifference, dreams of magic (encouraged by sillier well-meaning parents) before reality bites, and you convey strongly, too, the weariness and frustration teachers feel, that awful uphill battle to connect, persuade and convince. This is a poem from the depths of personal experience.
Reviewed by Bonnie May 11/17/2008
Excellent write on all aspects of Teachers. sad one but necessary and it may wake up many. Love and hugs Lloyd, Love, Bonnie
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/17/2008
An excellent dissertation on today's educational system ... apathy rules, instead of knowledge ... sad. Very well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 11/17/2008
I see two compositions here. One that stops at the seventh stanza; and another that starts at the eighth stanza.

The closing stanza of this writing doesn't comply with the bankground of its prior stanzas. The general ideas in this composition, and the subjects dealt make it worth to receive a revision.

"MFA" stands for MASTER OF FINE ARTS, but the average college student in USA wouldn't/doesn't read it that way. (Doesn't read at all.)

My suggestion is that the author makes two poems of this; adds a substantial improvement on the closing stanza of this second part:

"That Alexander the Great,
Aristotle’s student,
was not stupid."

The closing stanza of the first part is pure diamond:

"The dramatic irony is that the teacher
already knows the ending of his story
where at thirty
the future rock star
falls into the toilet of lost dreams."

Most people like FALSE OVATION. Learning minds like true facts, for they make us learn and improve the quality of our works.

Thank You for sharing Your works.

In respect and gratitude,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by jude forese 11/16/2008
education is a partially the process of learning what one has been taught to read ... and of course, not being stupid certainly helps ...
Reviewed by Linda Law 11/16/2008
It's difficult to imagine the different passages of students throughout your years as a teacher; yet I do know that you surely had to be a very good one... Problem is... we don't always realize when we are the one sitting at that desk...that "we didn't know everything" yet! keep writing ... I totally enjoy.. lindalaw
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 11/16/2008
Powerful, Lloyd. A great lesson from the teacher in you
that lives on, thankfully. Perhaps there was one special
student who took your lead? -gene.
Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 11/16/2008
I can understand your frustrations on your students. There are so many characters, and so many dreams. You try to discourage them then it's your fault for putting their dreams down. They would say a teacher is supposed to "Encourage" and not "Discourage"; but little did they nor their parents know what "Encourage" means.

Good write Lloyd!!!

Sandie Angel :o)
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