POEM: Teacher says…

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Teacher says
my writing is not very good
But I dream of slaying serpents
with a dappled sword of light

Teacher says
I should use more connectives
But I search the fathoms of Hades
for the last souls of the unforgiven

Teacher says
it would be better with subordinate clauses
But I dance with moonlight maidens
on an ocean of stardust from Mars

Teacher says
my work lacks imagination
But I journey home, sword broken
and the beast of burden victorious

This poem came about because I was getting increasingly concerned with the emphasis on acquiring the knowledge of grammar, spelling and handwriting skills or rules. Often, it seemed writing in schools was becoming an exercise to tick off a rule that was learnt rather than a focus on the quality of the writing.