Rookie (4th feb.1995 / Port Harcourt, River State)

Jamb Day - Poem by OTONYE DANIEL

Anxious faces, curious stares Hands on desks, silence waltzing here Calmness and solemnty walk in peers.. Doubt tangos.. Jumps all over like curious hares The invigilator peeks at her watch and looks throught the window.. Into the class, were students with confidence shalow.. Wait with nervous pens.. All.. Waiting for JAMB's startin bell Confidence coyly creeps in Girls start chewing gums My pen scribbles a phrase It's time.. The invigilator walks in The wails of every gums mutes Vividly u can hear the intimindating thuds from her boots.. She.. (The invigilator) halts..stares at her watch.. Then begins to smile Aye! Anxiety is heaped in a nervous pile! The exam starts Pencils dance nervously on computer sheets Complete silence walks in the hall over an about Then suddenly falls in a pit.. Mumbles.. Murmuring-vioces crescended into clear talks.. Phones vibrate.. Then 'cring-cring'.. Then musical ring tunes! 'You know the deal..five hundred for every phone that rang And a thousand to use them for malpractice' The invigilator says, then smiles And starts calculating the money she'll have So it was that JAMB day That students wrote and praticed-mal and played For their money did the thinking Their hands did the writing.. Whilst the supervisor smiled and sat money-counting

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Writen on the day i wrote the JAMB exam.. An exam writen by students about entering college.. Venue was MGHS Harbour Road, Port Harcourt, River State.. I just sat and started writing everything that took place in the hall that day..24th March 2012

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  • Aiyudubie Charles (7/30/2012 9:40:00 AM)

    Dan dis is gud u are creative (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 19, 2012

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