two teachers

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    Proxy parents my boarding teachers:

    loyal, kind-hearted, promise keepers;

    happily I accepted much dull detention –

    pertinent punishment happily mentioned.


    School report true: existence “aimless” –

    challenging conduct, far from blameless;

    academic failure, sometime class clown;

    homaged, missed, well-loved Newtown.


    My music master permitted playing

    on cathedral organ, slowed my straying;

    housemaster critical of aimless existence,

    both punished me with persistence.


    Two teachers confronted rebel teen,

    their discipline never seen as mean;

    father fully absent, authority obsolete,

    indisciplined his uncertain drum beat.


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