at 7.34 he stepped out at 7.34 he closed the door behind him at 7.43 he stubbed out a fag and bought a newspaper at 8.08 and 20 seconds, he left the cafe at 9.09 and 3 seconds, he was snapped smiling on the street.
*first three lines of every verse are from my primary school reports.
John has worked well throughout the year Although he tends to dream at times. Often puzzled by new ideas, His poems, occasionally, lack acceptable rhymes.
He is beginning to come out of his shell And this is mirrored by his general improvement. A most likeable boy, he should do well. Enjoys a tipple, keen to experiment.
Somewhat hesitant when expressing himself orally He isn’t, by nature, very forward. His letters well-formed, his written work’s neat and tidy But when getting round to e-mails, he’s easily bored.
A slight thickness in speech (i.e. a lisp), He’s a co-operative and pleasant member of the class. He has a natural flair for language and shows great promise Though, after twenty five years in Italy, he could roll his ‘R’s.
Morning mourners come to terms with their birth. Toddlers clamber up shoes piled up in the corner of the room; Start school, risk getting into trouble or not, do their homework, and love most things that go crack, bang and boom.
Later and well before, flower bulbs are lobbed into the sea. Seeds rain down on seaworthy upside-down roofs. Everyone needs money, or something to get something, a currency As wine bottles twirl round daring them to tell truths.
Over time, flesh drops off bones as skin gets torn. Brains bubble and boil in jars hidden away in treetop laboratory hideaways. They retire or die before, expect the unknown, finish their days. The only thing for sure is running away to the fair will be frowned upon and, even contemplating it, will be treated with scorn.
A pigeon at the foreign languages faculty goes to seagull classes out to sea. As Flamingoes chip away for their exam in ‘Woodpecker up a Tree’ An exchange English crow gets French sparrow tutorials on the streets of gay Paris.
Greenfinches studying ‘Parrot’ do their best as kingfishers get hooked on ‘Gold-crest’. As model eagle students soar above the rest. Mallard ducks take the plunge and take the ‘lesser swallow-tailed swift’ test.
Pelicans learn how to be robins with a Christmas term trip to a quaint little village As wrens learn how to crane their necks for ‘Ostrich’. Budgerigars try to gobble like turkeys fattened for the fridge. Erasmus vultures steal like magpies on a steel bridge.
As birds of a feather flock together for a degree to migrate, the owl-scholarly hierarchy hawks sit at the top of their perch; and deliberate.