Magpie Tales – Heckle


I sat behind you every day

Our classroom was a stifling place in summer

Winters freezing, no heating in those days.

So we looked to you for entertainment.

And you delivered every day,

Over the years you became expert

In deception, lies, ridicule.

You broke the monotony of the humdrum

Tired teachers, overworked syllabi

No one ever believing algebra was useful.

Bits of paper in the air, a snide comment

A useless question to complement a useless lesson.

You never tired; you were a constant in my day.

We called you Heckle, you were good at that

Even though you copped your fair share of the cane

Delivered by frustrated teachers in a frustrating system.

It took me years to discover

You were the Wayne plastered across the news

The criminal, public enemy number one

Feared by one and all.

But I knew you, remembered you clearly

The day I found you crying

Stuck in the toilets, distraught

On learning from a teacher your mother had died.


Written for: June 6

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28 Responses to Magpie Tales – Heckle

  1. Gabriella says:

    This is excellent! Great portrait. I love it.

    • Thank my friend, you are quick off the mark. Hope your weekend is going well. Here the school break is in it’s second week and the school across the road has turned off it’s period bells. All is good.

  2. brian miller says:

    dang. ugh. behind every bad seed there is a heart…maybe it was broke sometime…and hope forgotten…perhaps his moms death ruined everything else for him…

  3. JackieP says:

    For some it takes a little turn in life to make them give up all hope and brings out the devil inside. Really well done, a good character sketch Michael

  4. kaykuala h says:

    A tough guy will succumb when thinking how he’ll miss his Mom! It is ironical but true that however tough, a guy a Mom is tougher! Great write Michael!


  5. Lyn says:

    You have to feel sorry for Heckle. Such a sad thing to have happen. You never know what lies deep inside a person.

  6. arushiahuja says:

    thsi is such a sad tale!! beautifully written!!

  7. Suzanne says:

    Excellent – so layered and meaningful.

  8. Tess Kincaid says:

    Clever write…I like the way you wrap it with a surprise at the end…

  9. RoSy says:

    Oh – how sad.
    Messed up how he continued on the wrong path & stayed on it after this mom’s passing.
    I knew a person who went through something like this in real life.
    He was a nice kid – deep down – he was…

  10. 999edsnews says:

    Even jerks like him have a heart somewhere . . . lol
    Loved your write ~ Eddie

    Clouds and Silvery Linings

  11. You really feel his pain. Even Heckles’ have a heart that uses tears!

  12. Kutamun says:

    The true genesis of a Batman Villain, or perhaps he launched his own V for Vendetta ….

  13. Behind every story, is another one. Very well crafted, Michael.

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