The Pain of School Days

Photo copyright Jade M Wong.

Photo copyright Jade M Wong.

My teacher said that I should write down my thoughts about what I had done and seen. I would have sooner written about a battleship or my dreams about driving steam trains and building dams, or even about meeting Dan Dare.

Then I saw the object yet did not understand it. There was colour and form isolated in a black void. Then somehow I knew, I was looking at a model, a blue print for a city of the future. A city that could only exist in space. The city of my dreams, ruled over by the Mekon. A cruel unforgiving place of utter control where human beings had been turned into slaves.

I felt and heard the blackboard duster hit my desk, as the teacher shouted at me to stop day dreaming and get back to writing a story about what I had done in the school holidays.

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Priceless Joy

    How sad that the teacher is squelching his creative mind! Great story Michael!

  2. Graham Lawrence

    I used to love day dreaming in class! Nice read.

  3. Iain Kelly

    Loved the last line. Excellent work.

  4. Singledust

    Great story! I remember flying blackboard dusters made of wood, hard stuff that always met their mark. Would have been wonderful to have school holidays in that glass city.

  5. angietrafford

    Inspiration can come at any time, usually at the most inconvenient one! Great story!

  6. Dahlia

    Was instantly reminded of Calvin 😀 Loved the banner photo as well 🙂

  7. milliethom

    It seems a lot of us remember flying blackboard dusters, Michael. I’m glad that one only hit your desk! What an abrupt way to have your wonderful daydream stopped. A story set in your city of the future would have undoubtedly been far more colourful and creative than one about how you spent the school holidays. Teachers can be so dull sometimes.

  8. afairymind

    That teacher should have been celebrating having a pupil with a vivid imagination in his class! That futuristic city sounds fascinating. Great story, Michael. 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      To be a teacher who knows how to channel dreams, that’s a real skill which gets all to often lost. To many schools put all their effort into aiming to please official examination statistics. However I do remember some teachers with affection. I am glad that you liked the story. Mike

  9. Ellespeth

    😛 🙂

  10. jacquelineobyikocha

    Teacher is a dream spoiler

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