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.