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Adult Learning (a chuckle)


Adult Learning (a chuckle)


Hi All, 

I found this great poem that made me chuckle. Maybe some of you have had a similiar experience.
Warmest regards,

Did I Miss Anything?

Tom Wayman

Nothing. When we realized you weren�t here
we sat with our hands folded on our desks
in silence, for the full two hours

     Everything. I gave an exam worth
     40 percent of the grade for this term
     and assigned some reading due today
     on which I�m about to hand out a quiz
     worth 50 percent

Nothing. None of the content of this course
has value or meaning
Take as many days off as you like:
any activities we undertake as a class
I assure you will not matter either to you or me
and are without purpose

     Everything. A few minutes after we began last time
     a shaft of light suddenly descended and an angel
     or other heavenly being appeared
     and revealed to us what each woman or man must do
     to attain divine wisdom in this life and
     the hereafter
     This is the last time the class will meet
     before we disperse to bring the good news to all people
          on earth.

Nothing. When you are not present
how could something significant occur?

     Everything. Contained in this classroom
     is a microcosm of human experience
     assembled for you to query and examine and ponder
     This is not the only place such an opportunity has been

     but it was one place

     And you weren�t here

From Did I Miss Anything? Selected Poems 1973-1993, 1993
Harbour Publishing


30 Jul 2010      


Great poem thx Smile

I really loved it

30 Jul 2010     


People, can you see the big difference between this post and the moral story post from 26th??This member here states the source and she also tell us why she has chosen to post it here. This is GOOD SENSE and respect for the site. 
If she only  posted it without anything else , we all would assume it is hers (as some of us did 3 days ago with another story).

Thanks for the poem, Annabelle. 

31 Jul 2010