school’s out forever

wreathed in confusion by anelephantcant

wreathed in confusion by anelephantcant

Click here to hear the poem read aloud:

what do you see when you look through the glass
asks the patiently urgent schoolmaster
trees and the sky and the clouds floating by
but one boy has a different answer

birds to be caught and moose to be shot
all manner of beasts to be hunted
that can’t be right they are out of our sight
he shrugs as his money is counted

time to open the books and get learning instead
this hobby is getting expensive
it costs five dollars a head to make something dead
the studying must now be intensive

why do you ask questions that have no answer
why do you answer me then with another
the children beseech him to continue teaching
but he climbs upwards to where he must suffer

so parents are called and stories are told
it seems that nobody is happy to lose him
but he is high in the hills forgetting their ills
and his mind is still wreathed in confusion

will they see him again will he ever return
yes of course is the official assertion
but as he wanders through life avoiding all strife
the only sure thing is nothing is certain

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8 Responses to school’s out forever

  1. I’m staring at the screen. How mesmerizing it is to hear the voice speak these eloquent words.
    It’s a sad one so a bit misty too. This line is soooo touching, “but as he wanders through life avoiding all strife.” I want to say everythings going to be okay after that line. Your words evoke an enormous amount of emotions. Thank you for writing this beautiful piece of art.
    Isadora 😎


  2. mandibelle16 says:

    “Wanders through life/avoiding strife/ . . . only sure nothing is certain.” I think those pieces struck me most of all. As if your speaker is afraid because of this. Doesn’t want to get hurt and avoids it at all costs, and he is confused and uncertain because life isn’t “certain.” We don’t know how each day will end or begin. I’m not sure about the boy who catches “birds” and “moose.” Earns “5 dollars a head to make something dead” what the connection is to the teacher. Sorry I guess I’m tired today but I keep looking at it and I don’t know exactly what the reference is into this expensive hobby and teacher not wanting, who stops teaching, Beautiful piece Elephants. Hugs as always. Is it winter down where you live as well?


    • AnElephant thanks Amanda for her careful reading and clever analysis of his poetry.
      He is not always sure himself of the layers of meaning sometimes hidden within.
      Yes, it is winter in the south of France, but if you visit him on Facebook you will see it is not like winter in Scotland or Canada.
      Love and hugs to you, Amanda

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      • mandibelle16 says:

        Thank you Elephant. I saw your lovely pictures and am very jealous! I don’t mind the snow so much as the cold weather. But we’re told it will warm up a bit for Christmas. Hugs Elephant. Hope you are able to spend the holidays with your family. I imagine for your grandson it’s still quite a fun event 🙂


  3. Dear Elephant,

    The only sure thing is nothing is certain. That could become a motivational line. So much truth. You do have a knack for turning a phrase, O Pink Master.




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