Maa, I didn’t want to go to school,
I was just a child Maa;
I wanted someone to tell me
Stories and teach me,
I wanted to watch tadpoles and
Butterflies and to know what they eat,
Where they sleep.
I wanted to climb a hill and catch
a cloud to see what is made of;
I wanted to run with puppies,
sing with birds and play with paper boats in the rain.
I wanted to lie down on the loft green
grass and hear the wind whisper,
Only when my imagination was fired,
my thrist to know more had begun
a seed of ‘ why’ was planted in my brain.
Maa, I felt trapped in the prison like classroom,
I felt my spirit slowly weakening with the monotonous teaching;
Often when I asked a basic question ,
Our teachers said,
“Not time for all that, let’s finish the syllabus”.
I wanted plenty of nature trips
Where real Geography class would,
have been held forever;
I wanted to see colourful videos of volcanic eruption and deep sea dwellings,
I wanted to learn Economy after a real survey through markets and stocks.
I didn’t want to just read them in my text books,
I wanted to see, hear, touch, smell and taste,
Whatever I could I wanted to experience, Maa.
Mr. Sajad Yousf is working as lecturer in KCEF college Muchpuna pulwama.