A Poem by emipoemi

They’ll rob you of your money,

They’ll rob you of your thrills,

They’ll strip you of your assets,

And burden you with ills.


They’ll wear away your vigour,

They’ll wear away your soul,

They’ll veer you from your bearing,

Delaying thus your goal.


They’ll drown you in the Massawippi,


With a nippy

Chill and snippy

Attitude that’s odiously odd!


For they sit on the side of fences

Of offenses,

False pretenses,

Lacking senses,

Unaware their policies are flawed!


They’re strictly bureaucratic

With rigorous routines,

Particularly programmed

To function like machines!


They overrule objections,

And disregard the strife

They cause by placing money

Above a student’s life!


So bring volcanoes to eruption,

Cause disruption,


End corruption

In the sphere of university!


For though our boughs are often shaken,

Not mistaken,

Not forsaken,

Slabs of bacon

Least of all have we a right to be!


© 2018 emipoemi

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I enjoyed this and so very true.

Posted 3 Months Ago


3 Months Ago

So glad you did. Thanks for reading.
i relate to this...back in the 60's when i attended SIU it wasn't quite as expensive...but we seem to lose identity, just being a number...and in some classes 200 students.
But there were so many professors who talked at us instead of to us, and also many seemed to just love to hear themselves talk. It was almost as if the students weren't even part of the equation.
the poem brought me back...i flinched a little but then smiled.

Posted 4 Months Ago


4 Months Ago

it's pretty much the same nowadays. Not many profs are actually teaching things worth our while, and.. read more
jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

I imagine it is so...I teach at two community colleges but believe strongly in having classes based .. read more

4 Months Ago

"experience is the best teacher"! I've stood by that statement for the longest time. Knowledge bomba.. read more
I've been through it, my daughter-in-law is still paying for it ( she had to go through BCIT after UBC to get a career) and my Grandson will soon be going into it
It is a huge financial burden, as you well know
Nicely ranted

Posted 4 Months Ago


4 Months Ago

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.
It's been two decades since I waved goodbye to uni. Things have changed since then, successive governments paying only lip service to the fact that the jobs market has changed beyond recognition, that a degree no longer guarantees a better future. PLus, to add to the misery, business more and more demands a day one return over above the hourly stipend, with little or no regard to the nurturing of their fledgling workforce.

It's the same with the requirement that students have to stay in some kind of full time education until the age of eighteen. Supposedly it was brought in to tackle the rising problem of an unskilled workforce, but in my view it was more a knee jerk panic reaction to the crisis of rising youth unemployment. I mean, if they are still in education, then they ain't in the jobs queue, or claiming benefits are they.

Or am I being cynical?


Posted 4 Months Ago


4 Months Ago

Can't say whether you are being cynical, but I support all you're saying. I believe it. I've spent 5.. read more
ouch. colleges are part of an overall system. its "pay to play or go away." they have their flaws like everything else. great rant ... :)

Posted 4 Months Ago


4 Months Ago

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.
This is a well-crafted rant using the magic of wordplay like a master. Frankly, the way you describe advanced education could describe almost anything institutional in this day & age, where ordinary people are left destitute & feeling ripped off by the system. My experience at the university level (decades ago) was uninspired, but I always enjoyed community college becuz instructors are often plucked from industry & real life, offering common sense lessons (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 4 Months Ago


4 Months Ago

Oh, if only community college degrees had as much value. But truly, experience is and always shall b.. read more
Yes, it's all about money now with Vice Chancellors earning huge sums of money (in the UK). Do students get value for money? I think not, and they also end up with a massive debt to boot. Modern apprenticeships in my opinion have much to offer. Get paid as you learn on the job. Our granddaughter, looking in this direction after completing her A levels. Very topical write here.


Posted 4 Months Ago


4 Months Ago

You understood this well! Indeed, apprenticeships are much better than sitting in a classroom gettin.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

A good read, and informative
Breath bated in suspense, we wait
Is it too late?
The tenured place
to their disgrace
the rules which turn the cash their way

You’ve shown us step by step and sigh
the sorry why
which stirred our purse
and turned us all to serfs on debtor’s farm.

When the elite arise and grab our lives
There is no way
To save the day
Short of turning back to something worse

It seems your strong and worthy verse
Will live long
And prosper here
Deriving comments for a long, long time

Posted 4 Months Ago


4 Months Ago

I sure hope so, Norbanus. It's def a message I've been striving to get out there for years, after ha.. read more
We learn the most from asking questions and experiences, not from a structure that was probably established in the days of the dinosaurs and not taking into account modern life and the stresses and pressures students are burdened with, even before they start learning. I feel sorry for anyone starting out now. Education and a home will soon take more than a lifetime to repay. That can't be the way it is meant to be surely?
Really enjoyed this. Well written and it leaves the reader thinking, long after they have read the words.

Posted 4 Months Ago


4 Months Ago

You, my friend, fully understand life, for that is exactly my philosophy, and my message to the worl.. read more

4 Months Ago

You're welcome :)

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