rhymes for modern times, written in seven days ... in
seven different locations in about seven thousand words
There was a boy, Johan as he was called,
Who lived in the toughest time of all, In which there was too much
to learn, in not so much time at all.
It was the time of
fast computers, And supernovas and quasars and environmental
litters, And of course in school, a lot to be learned, Poor
Johan, to have the mind of a genius, was all he has always yearned.
In school there were Physics and Chemistry, And History and
Biology, Not to mention all the languages and all the readings
and the homework given by his teachers. Oh, how Johan and all
those very ambitious Yearn to find the one best method which
will make them geniuses.
It was his eleventh year of schooling,
A Fourth Former like him doesn’t have much time for doodlings,
For it was the year of high hopes, Another year then - there would
be a major exam for Johan to grope.
Thus the journey began
for his intensive studying, Of constant memorizing and reading and
calculating, For Johan wants to do the best in every test, So as
to prove to himself, his parents and the rest, That he indeed can
be the brightest and the best.
Months passed by and the poor
boy began to feel the pinch, As if he’s crawling every inch,
To get the facts he learned imprinted deep within, So that he could
perform the best - day out, day in. When the going gets tough, as
they say, The tough gets going, come what may. But life, like
Johan, like that of the rest of us, Is filled with ups and downs - a
roller coaster such as, And poor Johan, like a lark he rises early
morning, And like a nightingale he retires beyond midnight
calling, Reading and writing, thinking and calculating.