says failure
is just a word

He never gave up
did the 62-year-old
(pictured next door
to a 101-year-old woman)

Eric Atmore it is
he who puts children
and early childhood development

perceived a failure he was
at that place called school
where one too often learns
despite and in spite of it

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whilst under our noses
parents and minders
brutalise and slaughter
the planet’s young

whilst politicians politrick
(passing the service delivery buck)
and besuited ones rat on one another

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never too old to learn
though encouraged to be
a drop-out after failing
his first university year

he once more quotes
the country’s first president
on reading everything
and anything

The Graduate