monsieur le professor

you see him from your little window

of time opportunity daydream

seven in the morning

pedalling slowly uphill

there in his fluorescent cagoule

sit up & beg black bicycle

serene lord of all he surveys

off to teach in his two room

French provincial school

just twelve children

from eight to eleven

& you know

like he knows

todays lessons will be taught

in all schools in every part of the world

which claims to be french

in exactly the same way

& every child will have the same handwriting

or the state will bear down hard

on pupil & teacher

these things are not fixed in the heavens

but here in the firmament

as you watch him slowly pedal to glory

for those few precious moments

you are in awe of the undoubted certainty

that is his life today

every day

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