This poem is an admonition to the not-so-studious ones among my students. I love you all so dearly and that is why it is important to speak some hard words to you when the occasion demands. the saying, “Make hay while the sun shines” was coined for a purpose. You’ll do well to apply it in your academic life.

The poem is also for teachers, parents, guardians and senior friends who try to make something of their students, children and wards. The first time I posted it, a friend who is a vice-principal in one of the federal colleges in Nigeria asked for permission to share it on her Facebook wall for the attention of her students. She believed it would serve as a good reminder to them to focus on their studies.

My prayer for every student is that whenever they check their results, their reaction will be the opposite of the one in the poem. But that depends entirely on them. I also pray for all those who have children and wards in school that the academic performance of the young ones will always bring them joy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Besides the admonition implicit in the poem, I’d like everyone to enjoy its structure and rhythm plus the colourful design.


Highway to weeping
You waltz into class when you like
You wail that your classmates are prompt
You waste all the time that you can
You warn those who tell you to read
You worry that your teachers are strict
You want them to cut you some slack
You wait till exam time to beg
But you will weep when they hand
you your grades!

Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2016

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  • Edith Ohaja

    Love sometimes requires that we speak hard words, the blunt truth, to put our loved ones right. This poem is not a negative prophecy but a wake-up call to indolent students. You shall all excel as you work hard in Jesus’ name.

  • hmm tnk u ma for dis encouragement u r indeed a gud mother

  • With their sluggish heart desires
    They embrace social enjoyment,
    More than their academic intrigues
    They hope for hopes of ‘A(s)’
    When thousands of ‘F(s)’ still wait for them in their dreams
    They prove to have long legs
    When their legs will be cut short in the mirror of the future.


    #Deacon Adigun Temitope Idealism respect your wisdom ma

  • Oweka Chioma Sandra

    Make use of the available time now to avoid regrets later

  • Njoku Chimamaka Elizabeth

    very true.

  • Jeremiah Chioma


  • Amadi victoria chinwendu

    Wow, this calls for a serious re think before taking certain actions especially as students. Thank you ma for this wonderful “home truth”

  • Madu Chidimma Sandra

    most of us have just been guilty of this..

  • egbe ebere blessing


  • Yes we students really need a re think

  • Okwor Blessing Amuche

    It’s only when the results are out that this type of student will discover what they did 2 themselves. Nyc work, Ma’am!

  • Victoria Nonike

    every student needs to read this regularly, to remind them of the reason they are in school. Wonderful post ma!

  • Emeh Akachukwu Esther

    This is wonderful ma…we need to wake up in our academics

  • Ozoguejiofor Uche Jacinta

    O oooo…Alas procrastination is a thief of time…we get caught up before we known it with mo time to do anything but wail. It is well with our soul.

  • praise chinazom onaga

    I need to consistently read this.. and suggest this to my friends. thank you ma for this write up

  • Anyalewechi Chinaza

    Wow! Will write down this poem so as to always remember, it serves as a piece of advice to we students.

  • Obeto Clinton

    It is a good post for students who are lazy about learning and do not take their school activities seriously.

  • Erin Saturday

    As has already been said, this poem may look short, but has substance in it which is like gold. When it is in raw form, it looks unwanted but when refined it’s more precious.

  • Nnadozie Judith chidimma

    It is true ma .some students will continue to while away their time during studies and expect magic to be done during their exam. I pray every student will come across this post and really see the reason why we should study hard in school

  • Onyeka Stanley

    We reap whatever we sow. That’s all I’ve got to say.

  • Kat

    Very true aunty. Many students are on the highway to excessive weeping due to their flippant attitude towards their education. I think whatever is worth doing is worth doing well so I wonder why some people even fought so hard to get into school when they clearly can’t be bothered to put their heads down and study. Seriously, I’m baffled. It doesn’t make any sense. Even if they do not care about their grades, they should remember their parents and sponsors who spend so much money to ensure they become something in life. I love my parents dearly and I can’t bear the thought of disappointing them, especially in my academics. All it takes is focus and we will all smile at the end of this stage. I wish many students will read this post. It would be a great inspiration. Thank you aunty.

  • Willie Albert Zikiye

    One thing about this poem is it wide scope and applicability. One should be very time conscious and serious in anything one does, Even as students which is the basic concern of the poem. Hence the axiom ” Make hay while the sun shins. “

  • Oshana Oyaku Endurance

    I think this poem is applicable to most students, laziness is a cankerworm that is now eating deep into our educational system. As student we should all try to “make hay while the sun shines”.

  • Agnes

    I love the use of alliteration in the lines to achieve a beautiful rhythm, so lyrical. Beyond that is the message. I pray God helps me to be a very studious student.

  • Joseph Chizoba Kingsley

    A big thanks to you ma. This poem actually captured what happens to us, the students. By posting this type of poem, it means that you are really mother . Good Mothers will always advice their children in other for them to secure a brighter future. I pray that by the grace of God we will always do necessary things that contribute to our success both academically and in all ramification.

  • Mark Favour

    I have observed that whenever i do something wrong that results to a purnishment, my mind opens up to me, does things that if i had done, would have saved my from being purnished. Not withstanding, i wont have to wait until i fail to learn correctly.

  • Okorie Adaora N.

    This poem really highlights what goes on in the lives of students. A lot of us do not like taking corrections because we believe that we are old enough to do what we like which turns out as regrets and cries of had I known. I wish all students out there can read this poem, understand it and work towards achieving a good life. Thank you ma.

  • Wenibo Modupe Glory

    This is really true of this present generation.lol for a reminder I will call it the 8Ws to poor grades

  • Ude Awelle

    Nothing but the gospel truth, it hits hard but that’s the best way to give people a wake-up call. No sugar coating!

  • Ekechukwu Francisca

    The highlighted 8 ‘Ws’ is a clear warning bell and a wake up call to students already derailing. Thank you Ma for this!

  • Okeke Mmesoma

    This poem is a clear resounding reason why we as students should work towards our success no matter how hard it gets.

  • Caroline Udegbe E.

    This poem piece is deep.
    It still amazes me how things seen as stress can actually ridicule a man.
    God will help us
    Thank you ma.

  • Chijioke chinemeogo Jennifer

    If we are truly a serious student we are not supposed to be guilty of this poem.lol we should be aware of our reasons for being in school..thank you ma for this one

  • Mbah Adaku

    This is really deep. I would have to do better and I will,lest I weep.

  • Nwifuru Dennis O

    I love this piece
    It is short and straight to the point.
    The repetition of consonant sounds “w” in the poem makes it more interesting & captivating.
    This poem is not only rhythmic but also servers as behavior change communication intention for those that can read meaning from it, especially the target audience.
    Thanks for your good work ma.

  • Anayo chinonyelum Cynthia

    True fact about students life,thank you ma.

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