Beyond books ( Prosery)

Looking at the young, fresh faces she felt a rush of enthusiasm. Teaching was not the occupation of her choice, but her love for literature and the challenge of teaching troubled teenagers had made it her vocation. In the quest to become a better teacher, she had become a learner again. She opened the book, glanced at their disinterested faces, then put it away.

“Come on, everyone! Let’s go out to the playground. And bring no book, for this one day we’ll give to idleness.”

They looked at her in surprise. One smart alec at the back remarked sotto voce, “I am sure she is quoting a poet or an author!” 

As the backbenchers sniggered, the young teacher’s mocking voice rose over the hubbub.

” Can you identify the poet?”

The class erupted in laughter. She was relieved to sense a thawing in their response.

Written for dVerse. Today’s host, Ingrid, says: Use the line “And bring no book, for this one day we’ll give to idleness.” from  Wordsworth’s ‘Lines Written at a small distance from my House…’ in a piece of Prosery. The rule is that Prosery should be no more than 144 words, excluding the title.

67 thoughts on “Beyond books ( Prosery)

  1. Ha! That story took a sudden, very clever twist! A lovely teacher! I remember when I taught I had students out of the classroom, once making them plunge their hands into snow until numb before writing! (There was a reason, I promise!) I am intrigued if you taught, and a not connected second question, why you put the protagonist in the 3rd person, for no reason asking, just out of interest. It is always such a hard choice, 1st or 3rd….anyway, very good tale with superb twist!

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    1. One day, I am sure you will share the reason for making them do that!
      Ho hum….yes, I did teach (fresh out of college).
      I don’t usually write in the third person but I don’t know why I wrote this in third. Maybe it seemed a long time ago!
      Ain, thank you very much and you are very perspicacious.


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