Oh, Reason Not The Need! - Poem by Sam Pete
Oh, reason not the need
Why I need so to go away
From a good place, a decent pay?
I have this throbbing alway
And now its here to stay
Till I go away to some other place
Enough is enough
Of this terrible place
I've had enough of you horrendous apes
Who grunt like animals and
Amble like hippopotamuses
I've had enough of your meandering ways
What it takes to be a teacher
Can't you see its the noblest job on earth
And yet you just play with it
Not meeting your classes even
Who will you be accountable to
If you can't be sincere to yourselves
You rave and rant because you can't
And need me to teach you every little step
Why can't you self-learn or ask God for wisdom
Or atleast show some respect as you learn
Standing outside my class room,
Taking notes and taping my classes
Shame on you, you haven't learnt in all these days
But what's the point in listening to me if you dont want to learn
And apply what I teach?
Is it only information you seek?
No manners, no ethics matter, huh?
Will you only stop with the demolishing of all that's good
Will you only desist when finally you've broken the department
Torn it down to smithereens
Breaking courses into three and four
How will students cope?
Giving lesser hours to weighty courses that require time
And so many hours for flimsy courses with no meat
Have you no discretion, will you not listen to reason?
Have you no sanity? ? ?
Preventing faculty from having their own working space
How will the young lecturers work? ?
Oh, listening to the gossip you spread is enough, huh?
Poor kids, them youngsters
Tales, backbitings, character assassinations and raw spite
Just when will you stop the invective? ?
Will you not live and let live
Value-less, immoral, lying in the teeth
Committing fraud and what not!
If God were to judge you right now,
Just imagine where you'll go
Mind you, you're testing His patience
You've had too much time to mend yourselves
You'd better stop, you morons
And start getting yourselves educated
And learn to know what's good
There are so many crying out,
- Stay, don't go
To all those well-meaning gentlemen, I say
Friends, I see what you mean
But by God's grace, I hope to find a place for myself under the sun
I just can't stand it here anymore
Just can't keep looking at the senseless destruction of values
And mindless course revisions brought in to no effect
You end up with no takers for two courses
As it happened this semester- so, what do you do next?
You made me bear it out without drama
For no fault of mine -
Remember these same courses flourished under me?
You give me advanced reading
A hotch potch substitute for the popular fiction I suggested
Why ask me to teach it then?
Why don't you do it, you dumb-heads? so, now, what?
Scrap your CBCS courses?
Or bring in a third revision?
In so many years
Directionless, vagabond, empty-headed jackals
Who will have pity on you!
So, you are the government servants
But where's your conscience?
Gone a wool-gathering?
I'm leaving 'coz I can't bear to keep looking
At the havoc the imps are causing
May God judge them
For all the ill they cause
In higher education in such a college as this.
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