OECD Week 2012: Learning !

By Annie Shepherd for The Parisian Post.

In Paris, May 22-24,   the OECD’s annual forum focuses on the importance of Skills and Education. Annie Shepherd muses…

Crouched by a river, dodging school

a little boy prefers to dream, not do

parents absent, no one vouches for his learning

no-one listens to his yearning

even he is lost to know.

The years flow by and who will show him

how to turn his life around

and look at his reflection?

One day he sees an old man pleading –

image in the water, drowning:

“Young boy, this river holds the tears I’m shedding,

I never learnt that life is made for learning,

So now I am too old before my age…

Learn to fish, take up your tools,

the tackle, lines and float, the bait and spools.

The boy ignores him, breaks a branch

and threads a net with grass –

learns too late that fish swim through a badly crafted task.

He truly shunned the skills to lure them

fell in love and then had children

but had no means to help and feed them

He cannot fish, he has no skills.

and this can only lead to ills

and one by one they start to starve.

 He never learnt to build a boat,

he cannot keep them all afloat.

Stuck in quicksand, an old man sighs

who never helped himself, who cried

“Take up your tools and learn.”  

copyright © 2012 Annie Shepherd all rights reserved


Contact Annie Shepherd to obtain a copy of her collection of poems “Jostled by Ghosts”.

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