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photo: Daniel A. Anderson

Poem of the Week

Alternative Education

Chuck away your clipboards, children,
bung your biros in the bin!
Ready for your Nature lesson?
Settle down and we’ll begin.

Pay attention, everybody!
First, you must remove your shoes,
then your socks and, in good order,
flush them firmly down the loos!

Take off badges, ties and blazers,
heap them high and even higher,
top them tidily with textbooks,
douse with turps and set on fire!

Follow me! We’ll seek for meadows
where you can run wild and free,
streams where you can paddle barefoot,
woods where you can climb a tree.

Bag a beetle, catch a tadpole,
pick a cowslip flower and smell it!
I won’t give a tinker’s cuss, dears,
if you don’t know how to spell it.

Do you want to spend a lifetime
shackled to a grey computer?
Children, rise against the teacher!
Students, up and hang the tutor!

— Jenny Dodge