Friday, March 30, 2007
At school, I watched the clouds sail across the window and the three hands of the clock swirl, stroll and sloth around - "Come on 4 o'clock."
"Eyes on the board!" Cumulus. S is for stupid, scary, strap. W is for why - don't ask.
Every term, we took our report book home to show our parents. Once, I got an A. I was so proud. On the way back to school, I had another look but it was drizzling and the page got smudged. The teacher was so angry, she put it on the shelf for everyone to see - for a week! H is for horrible, hurtful, humiliation.
At playtime, we played ...
But if I had a sixpence, I escaped to Joe's Cafe where it was steamy warm and the air was raw vinegar. I read my book and listened to other people's chatter.
"...all for your own good... (said the ape). There'll be schools and offices and whips and muzzles and saddles and cages and kennels and prisons - Oh, everything."
"But we don't want all those things," said an old bear. "We want to be free..."
from 'The Last Battle' by C S Lewis
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