Shakespeare and Seagulls


Seagulls are aggressive blighters
they spend their time attacking

this was one of the key things
I learned in school

not from any text or
enlightened teaching practice
but from observing them
through the window of
room 132

whilst the rest
of Class 12A

had their minds numbed
by Twelfth Night and
other pointless practices

Β© Davy D 2017


You had the presence of mind.

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You harbored no pretensions from an early age–a keen observer. Obviously, I can’t say the same for your teacher. πŸ™‚

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You make a potent point. What each person takes from a lesson in school, or in life, is rarely what was the intended outcome of the teacher’s purpose. In your case, Davy, the lesson wasn’t at all unprofitable.

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I had a teacher who once told me point blank that I would never amount to anything. Simply by looking at my grades. She never noticed why my grades were slipping so drastically or why there were so many changes in me. It hit me hard at that point. But now, they just egg me on πŸ™‚

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Good to hear you made good use of your early education, Davy!! Seagulls may be aggressive blighters, but I LOVE them! I could listen to their cries all day long…inspires plenty of poetry πŸ™‚

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This is a brilliant poem, Davy. It brings the reader into a numbed classroom, where life is found in a child’s wandering mind. Well done! πŸ™‚

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I do think we learn in different ways. Classroom teaching as important as the life outside it. But some teachers are just so uninspiring I can imagine how the seagulls were a more interesting study for you. I believe from reading your words you learnt from everything you encountered. And ruminated it in your own special way to better understand the world and write with much wisdom.

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    Thank you for those wise words Gina. I think the pull of nature was greater for me at that age and more interesting than the monotony of the Shakespeare lessons. Although, as I get older, he is starting to grow on me πŸ™‚


Aptly put, D! Experience is the most effective way of learning, I agree. A lot of things you can learn from school tooβ€” only if we have a good educational system, a good teacher. Which reminded me of this short video..

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Learning from the school of nature. This is adorable! I actually like sea gulls because they remind me of my favorite place…the beach!

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Wow, a lot of truth in this. πŸ™‚

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Well, I guess I know what animal I don’t want to be. πŸ˜‰ Animals and watching nature itself is amazing, we learn so much about life by spending time observing.

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    Oh maybe a seagull for a day Sonyo and pay back a few debts lol. I know what you mean, nature provides a great inspiration for writing and poetry. Thanks for taking time out to visit and comment πŸ™‚

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I’m quite fond of Shakespeare, but in schools it is often a bad experience. Love it. πŸ™‚

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oh let’s observe what matters. nature is the best teacher, most of the time. apt piece, Davy!

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Here is the question I find myself asking often, what is poetry – that which we write and share, or that which is approved by teachers, by experts? Is craft more important than the beauty of expression?

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    Great questions Mr. S I am in the beauty of expression camp. In my mind if someone has the bravery and tenacity to share their deepest thoughts then that should be acknowledged. I do like the workout and challenge that certain poetry structures sometimes give us, but this can stifle the expression. I feel the questions may have no definitive answer.

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      Nor should it I suppose – but I feel I belong in a house of inclusion. I want to hear the heart speaking to me, and no heart is perfect and none of us will be Shakespeare. I remain convinced that those who need to craft need to craft, those who need to sing need to sing… but all need to be heard. That is what matters most to me.

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      Wise words Mr.S There is a place in the world for us all πŸ™‚

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