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The convent

Brother had graduated
With distinction
Easily obtained
Kindergarten Admission

Already done
Started good
At another school
With A thatched roof

Father Rector
Vaguely remember.
English Language Skills
Written and spoken
Was the intention
For a Convent Education

The first school
Just off the ground
Hop skip and jump
From home

Virtue in Difficulty
Motto enforced with authority
Back of beyond
The oven a bear to clean
The school of hard knocks
14 years
Hornets Nest
4 year kid
Put to test

Every year
A cross to bear
Every teacher
A nightmare

Atmosphere Anxious
Psychosis cheek by jowl with
Feel the heat
Skip a beat
Learn it all
Before you are 3 feet tall

Every Monday
Cloud on the Horizon
Better left unsaid
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Hammer and anvil
Thank god it is

Discipline and Education
Was the Motivation
Real or Mask
I'm yet to Unmask

Boys Ranked
Made to feel inferior
Fail a subject
Humiliate Parent
For kid not being perfect
Boys branded
Humiliation indidnity
Insult to injury
Nuremberg trials shorter
Silently stand there
Standard Convent fare

Provocative Attire
By the teacher
Didn't make matters better
Students imbibed earlier
Than required by law of nature
Sexuality brazen
Ahead of the curve
Gradation of Perversion
Affected permanently
Mental stability
View of women
Totally in contradiction
Damaged forever
Lasted till wedlock
Wedlock did not last

No room for sth
Beyond the pale
A square peg in a round hole
Puritanism produced swivel eyed zealots
Pursued their mania with little sense of proportion

Higher classes
No better
Tight leash
Grip never eased
Termination threatened
Repeat a year warned

Having to endure
Performance preasure
Nervous breakdown
Not uncommon
Common in classes
Standard 10 and Twelwe
Every day a living hell

Spare the rod
Spoil the child
Idiom for conduct
In this school invented

Untidy Attire
Consequences dire
Late to school
Flatten your soul
Talk in class
Break you like glass
Tarnished shoe
Wrist turns blue
Study material
Not in order
No escaping the clobber
Time at Alcatraz
A Concert of Jazz
Holidays a parole
Graduation day
Jackrabbit Parole
Diesel ride
No more required

Fourteen years
Buck Rogers time
Rigorous Relentless
Souls broken
With precision

Served Bum Beef
At the Cuckoos Nest
Doing the Dutch
Break Fluids
Considered once
Watch the wind or
Bark at the Moon
World weary
Experience equals
That of a
Vietnam Vet
Faced many a bullet
But we at the convent
Had to endure
Nurse Ratched
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Submitted by K.V.Srikanth on January 31, 2021

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I am K.V.Srikanth. I did my Schooling in Don Bosco Egmore and my Bachelors at RKM Vivekananda College .I Completed my Masters in Film and Television at Bond University in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. I am currently a Table Tennis Coach. Being a former competitive player I have been pursuing my passion for the past 8 years now. I coach at Academies, Schools, Apartments and also have my own Coaching Center. I have been into Stock Broking in the Trading Desk, Used Car Sales as a salesman and even worked in a Film and Television Company as an Assistant Director mainly involved in Reality Shows Of late I have been dabbling in Writing. This is the first collection of my works. I am an avid film watcher and a movie and music buff. I would like to call them songs. As a huge fan of the Rock Scene of the 1970’s I have written these with the intention that they get converted into tunes and fill the air of music already existing. I have named this SONGS FROM THE HEART more…


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