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April 01st 2008 print

Derek Fenton

On Teaching a Maths I.E.C. Class after Lunch

What do you see out of that window there?
As kookaburras and magpies lure you
Away from my lesson to places where
Your life’s dreams and desires once grew.
Come back you students from where you have gone!
To Asia, Africa and the Middle East;
It is time to put your Aussie clothes back on
And tuck into an Antipodean feast.
Now let my equations coax you all back!
From your deserts, villages and terrain:
Dragging you once more onto the right track
From the nostalgic reaches of your brain.
But who am I to ask these things of you
When to my Africa, my thoughts just flew!

Derek Fenton