The Examiner by F.R. Scott
The routine trickery of the examination baffles these hot and discouraged youths
Driven by they know not what external pressure, they pour their hated self-analysis, through the nib of confession, onto the accusatory page
I, who have plotted their immediate downfall, I am entrusted with the divine categories: A, B, C, D, and the hell of F
The parade of prize and the back door of past, in the tight silence, standing by green grass window, watching the fertile earth graduate its sons with more compassion
Not commanding the shape of stem and stamen, bringing the trees to pass by shift of sunlight and increase of rain
For each seed, the whole soil; for the inner life, the environment receptive and contributory
I shudder at the narrow frames of our textbook schools in which we plant our so various seedlings
Each brick-walled barracks, cut into numbered rooms, black boarded, ties the venturing chute to the master's stick
The screw-desk rows of lads and girls, subdued in the shade of an adult, their acid sub-soil, shape the new to the old in the ashen garden
Shall we, shall we open the whole skylight of thought to these tip-toe minds, bring them our frontier worlds and the boundless uplands of art for their field of growth?
Or shall we pass them the chosen poems with the footnotes, ring the bell on their thoughts, period their play, make laws for averages and plans for means, print one history book for a whole province and let 90,000 read page 10 by Tuesday?
As I gather the inadequate paper evidence, I hear across the neat campus lawn the professional mower's drone clipping the inch-high grass.