mr. know it all

I sat in class took exams

rinse repeat everything I was told

in the next level they told me

you can put your own ideas down

so I sat in class took exams

rinsed repeated everything

& was told in the next level

you can put your own ideas down

but that never happened came to pass

it was rinse repeat everything

what was wanted it seemed

was to agree on everything they believed in

that way the honours came

don’t think don’t innovate no new ideas please

no place for my genuine sense of inquiry

where I wanted to know was wanted conformity

vague agreements we were all nice people

thesis antithesis synthesis existed as

some polite parlour game of pass the parcel

& the dullest students I ever knew

had not one whit of excitement no ideas new

were groomed to gain the top prizes

teaching the next batch to come through

whip them into another long straight line

of rinse repeat regurgitate create drones again

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