HIGHWAY TO WEEPING (POEM)
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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