Musical Milliner

May 2, 2010

Fermata: Sonnets and Apathy

Nobody understands apathy better than a fourteen year old eighth grade boy, especially such a boy who is an inmate in a boys school in the shadow of one of the most beautiful Anglican cathedrals in America.  Ironic apathy. With some instruction from pages 291-292 of Stephen Fry’s The Ode Less Travelled on the very topic of preparing a Shakespearean sonnet, and some assist from the Oxford Rhyming Dictionary, our gentleman scholar rocked the flighty picky English teacher. Said teacher of the low-cut tops and too short skirts whose charges spend more time in desk chairs tucked under their tables than they would in one of the Master’s classrooms.

My Sonnet

Sometimes, here at school, I feel apathy.
It is a feeling I try to disregard.
But teachers, they want a polymathy.
Sometimes, it feels as bleak as a graveyard.
To be all-knowing would be a blessing.
For a long time I have felt distress.
T’would be nice to see my problems passing.
Or have a life of fear much less.
For others who have a life uncommon,
and find themselves in disrepair,
To them I say, “Go see a Shaman”
If you find your life unfair.
Ya know, I really wish I had a getaway.
Oh, what the hell. Does it matter anyway?

(c) GoshGusMusic(ascap) 2010


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    Comment by Musical Milliner — May 2, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

  2. That man-he really is a clueless ass. Any kid who can articulate his feelings with such wry humor is way ahead. You know you what a great job you’re doing.

    Comment by A Sister — May 2, 2010 @ 11:13 pm

  3. From Zauberwelt via Facebook:

    “Once again, you’re the best mom.”

    Thx, Paolo. I think we’ve got another man of Letters.

    Comment by Zauberwelt — May 3, 2010 @ 8:52 am

  4. You guys are perceptive. Die Profundis in the guise of a tall skinny schoolboy ready to get on with it.

    Comment by Musical Milliner — May 3, 2010 @ 9:15 am

  5. Very good and I’m sure it went over well…very clever…

    Comment by dave — May 3, 2010 @ 9:19 am

  6. …I enjoyed A.S’s sonnet. It contains some despairing thoughts, to be sure, but the assignment was to write on apathy, if I remember correctly, so that isn’t a surprise. His word play is sophisticated and complex, so well done, so *him*. Even knowing that CSB has had a patchy history with upper school English teachers, I hope his current prof likes it and is excited by what he has done.

    Comment by Rev — May 3, 2010 @ 9:29 am

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