Treasure Island

Sandra Martyres

(5th October / Mumbai - India)


Tears rolled in rivulets
Down his grubby little face
A punished school boy
Standing in disgrace
His only fault
If it could be so called
Was his inability
To correctly spell
A fault that did not go well
With his school teacher
A strong believer in
The merits of the age old theory
That sparing the rod
Always spoilt the child
So he did just that
In the fervent hope that
His student would remember
That pain always followed
Every spelling memory lapse
Little did he realize
That all he had succeeded
In doing was scarring
The young child and
Developing in him
A fear of the language
And the School Master

Submitted: Friday, September 25, 2009
Edited: Sunday, October 11, 2009

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  • Vijay Menon (9/28/2009 11:09:00 PM)

    this poem reminded me the time i was in 2nd and could not write my name properly and the anglo indian teacher flayed me for my ignorance, your poem reminded me of my own time, nice one no doubt 10+++ (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (9/27/2009 12:27:00 PM)

    A poignant reminder that, young or old,
    we all make mistakes. One longs to give
    this little boy a cookie or two with a
    promise that tomorrow will be a better day.
    Excellent write.

    Kind wishes,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • Karin Anderson (sorry can't vote or comment) . (9/27/2009 3:07:00 AM)

    Unbelievably sad Sandra and I would call this serious abuse of an innocent child. He should be struck of the list of teachers and get a beating of his own. You have tugged at readers heartstrings with this poem Sandra, and top marks for a well written and informative write. 10
    love Krin (Report) Reply

  • Meggie Gultiano (9/26/2009 2:13:00 AM)

    Another emotionally packed words that pulls my heart string.As I can also relate to this.
    I am not in favor of this, in fact while reading this, my tears just rolled down, as I vividly remember what happened to me again when I was in grade school. I was too shy to answer the questions from my teacher, and i was pinched on my right ear.I just cannot forget that incident because all my classmates laughed at me.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts..

    Meggie (Report) Reply

  • Samanyan Lakshminarayanan (9/26/2009 12:49:00 AM)

    at that young age..if the child is punished this way it only leads to is a physical damage or violence which has an impact on the child's mind...a scar which causes more pain...a very negative way of driving the point home.....very educative poem and very well done (Report) Reply

  • Rakesh Bedi (9/25/2009 9:59:00 PM)

    Very educative poem, sandra! It should be circulated in all the school teachers for the betterment of young kids, dear....! (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (9/25/2009 3:42:00 PM)

    The scar in the mind is deeper than the wound on the body! Inhuman way has to be changed for the better! (Report) Reply

  • Patti Masterman (9/25/2009 3:30:00 PM)

    The words in here are so clear and precise, and it makes you wonder sometimes what people could be thinking about, to do the idiotic things they so often do.
    What a true story; if I got beaten after every error, my brain would just refuse to budge anymore for that particular subject. Got whipped for not eating all my vegetables every night; guess what? I don't have to eat them now. I won; but I lost too. (Report) Reply

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