I wandered lonely as a clerk

I wandered lonely as a clerk
Who floats about from school to school
When all at once I saw the mark
Of governors who knew how to rule;
No idle chat about the loos
But focussed plans and self-reviews.

Continuous as the stars that shine
Their visits into school took place,
They monitored the RAISEonline
Of children from each sex and race;
Ten thousand pounds for FSM,
Was wisely spent and checked by them.

The schools near by them crammed, but they
Out-did those sparkling SATs with glee;
Their children, whether at work or play,
Were in a happy community!
The parents, when asked what they thought,
Could state what gains the school had brought.

So oft, when in a governors’ meeting,
In vacant or in pensive mood,
It comes to me – it’s no use bleating
Whether Ofsted’s any good,
But think of whether your GB
Is working now effectively….

Based on:

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but gay,
In such a jocund company!
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth

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