Halftime on an In-Service Day


Memory feeds on the best and worst

Thankfully the acres of planning minutiae

From teaching do pass into Hadean come glacial

Slivers of *toom space-

On this day in Malawi I mind my African colleague

Asking ‘Why be afraid of rats in the roof?’

They *bide in *mony of their thatched roofs

Being a *feartie was easier to explain

than Assessment is fer Learning

Its ins and oots

‘No reason I suppose.’

I said putting my mind firmly with the red earth there

Not the sandstone or flint mix of the beach at Kirkcaldy.

For ST.

*Toom=empty, bide=stay, mony=many, feartie=easily frightened,


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