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A goblin, a horrid little creature, with a face of greeny brown._Huge, hairy eyebrows that


Barry Norris

Barry was an HMI in Estyn. He is an award winning poet
and has had poems published in Welsh and English. He says,
'I feel I still carry a lot of that idealism with me and hope I
expressed it in the time when I was teaching and inspecting.'

the space in which a child can grow
the hole through which a child must go

the height to which a mind can reach
the syllabus to learn and teach

the courage of a difficult truth
the accelerated flight from youth

the beauty of discordant song
the rigidities of right and wrong

the joy of seeing a burst of paint
the pointed look of curt complaint

the poppy in a field of wheat
the painful back of a plastic seat

the wonder, awe, beauty, the best
the feeling safe among the rest

the love of learning for its own sake
the feeding of an economic state

each choice will make a different mind
the child is father of our future time

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