Sit I say
We meet again
You understand why you are here
‘Yes,’ you say ‘My work?’
Yes or rather your lack of any.
You are not achieving, getting nowhere
For a boy of your intelligence
I cannot understand your resistance
That will derail any chance of a career.
Is there more that I could do?
At even this late stage?
We’ve extended deadlines.
We’ve offered extra time
We’ve sat and helped you plan
We’ve chunked it into bits and pieces
I’ve even offered to read your work.
I am not sure what more I can do.
Its not that you cannot do this,
You are a very capable boy
It’s got to be more than ability
I ask you once again, why?
You shrug and look downcast
Your feet shuffle, your hands clasped,
Your discomfort is so clear
You have no answers, no insights.
Its like you’ve hit a wall
One you cannot cross or find a way around.
It mystifies you that you cannot start
It exasperates me when I have tried so hard.
So I start again, with a new strategy
Which is an old one in a different guise,
To try again, get you home, exams are coming
One last chance, but I fear the worst
I do believe its so much like
Taking a horse to water,
Knowing you cannot make it drink.
So I hold back on my own frustrations
There’s only so much I can do
In the end you’ll front the exam
Find your own way or just drown
Nothing I can do to help you then.
With fingers crossed I’ll wish you well
Await your return pray you stay the time
Have a go, at least come out and say
It was ok, I did my best, but reality sets in
I’m sure you’ll go through the motions
Play the game, you know the rules.
But in your mind there is a black hole
What’s in it I think no one knows!