Written in April 2015
So much love
So many children with doting parents
So many children wanting to please
So many teachers eager to show
their charges in the best light.
So many little princes and princesses
anxious, arrogant, afraid of disappointment;
spitting images of their parents – not quite miniature
– not quite full grown
no one quite knowing what to do or to say
Everyone on their best behaviour.
Five minutes with the teacher;
the rest of the evening determined
by things said or unsaid.