Garden of the Mind

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In her garden of the mind
row by row
she keeps them blind
clipped and wired
as required.
Minds trained to grow
to her shaping
to keep them straight
with twine and staking
No gay weeds refined
or new blooms defined
in this garden of the mind.

The curriculum is set
so just forget
creativity or brainstorming,
no time
in the morning
and the afternoon is dogma
and diatribe
more of the same prescribed
in the evening
before leaving.

And then a mulch
of rote and quote
to absorb and recite,
to learn over night
least a stray ray
of blinding light
should land
like fire blight
in her garden of the mind

Prescribed, institutionalised education. Positive or Negative? What do you think

© Dave Kavanagh @ daithiocaomanaigh.com

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