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    May 26, 2015

    The Lesson by Roger McGough

    CHAOS ruled OK in the classroom

    as bravely the teacher walked in

    the nooligans ignored him

    his voice was lost in the din

    "The theme for today is violence

    and homework will be set

    I'm going to teach you a lesson

    one that you'll never forget"He picked on a boy who was shouting

    and throttled him then and there

    then garrotted the girl behind him

    (the one with grotty hair)

    Then sword in hand he hacked his way

    between the chattering rows

    "First come, first severed" he declared

    "fingers, feet or toes"

    He threw the sword at a latecomer

    it struck with deadly aim

    then pulling out a shotgun

    he continued with his game

    The first blast cleared the backrow

    (where those who skive hang out)

    they collapsed like rubber dinghies

    when the plug's pulled out







    This is an excerpt of the poem.