Tuesday, 29 April 2014

'A Place of Safety'

Over the Easter holiday,
did your do your preparation,
your marking,
your reports,
your revision notes?

Did you worry about who
would need extra help
and who might fall apart
in the exam?

Did you wish you had
more time to devote to your family,
especially with the weather
being warm?

Did you wish you had time
to visit a friend,
make cupcakes,
read that book
gathering dust by your bed?

Did you grumble about it
but settle down anyway,
fuelled by coffee and an egg
you opened early?

Did you think about the calories
and then think To hell with it!
I hope you enjoyed
every bite.

The policeman reports
that it was over very quickly
and that schools
'are very safe places'.

When you chose
to be a teacher,
you knew
it would be hard.

I doubt, though,
you thought
about this.

© Abigail Wyatt

Teacher stabbed to death at Leeds school

Abigail Wyatt writes poetry and short fiction. For most of her working life she was a teacher of English in the state system. She is all too aware of how easily this could have happened to her.