יום שני, יוני 05, 2006

Minister of Exams

Too many things are happening, or not hapenning and I am quite confused.

I Choose this poem while thinking about the exams and tests we are putting on ourselves. its By Brian Patten,one of my favourites. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Patten


Minister for Exams

When I was a child I sat an exam.
This test was so simple
There was no way i could fail.

Q1. Describe the taste of the Moon.

It tastes like Creation I wrote,
it has the flavour of starlight.

Q2. What colour is Love?

Love is the colour of the water a man
lost in the desert finds, I wrote.

Q3. Why do snowflakes melt?

I wrote, they melt because they fall
on to the warm tongue of God.

There were other questions.
They were as simple.

I described the grief of Adam
when he was expelled from Eden.
I wrote down the exact weight of
an elephant's dream

Yet today, many years later,
For my living I sweep the streets
or clean out the toilets of the fat
hotels.

Why? Because constantly I failed
my exams.
Why? Well, let me set a test.

Q1. How large is a child's
imagination?
Q2. How shallow is the soul of the
Minister for exams?

Brian Patten

2 comments:

  1. if only i could change one thing in schooling systems it would be adding an exam that on the top page it would say: life is an on going exam of our ability to see how changes are always for the best, even when they are hard.

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  2. They should also teach us how to sensibly pack a suitcase.

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