On My Insight

On My Insight is a tribute to John Milton’s sonnet “On His Blindness.

When I consider how my life’s been spent –
O’er half my days in this wide world of schools,
With just one talent (“a concern to follow rules”) –
I hope I’ve not been useless. But my soul’s now bent
From grappling with each DfE’s
Goalpost-changing new idea.
This true account, lest you be in any doubt,
Is why, and for what reason, I am out.
I only ask for patience for this year.
The murmurs hint that I should be at ease
In my retirement; I ask myself what’s best:
To bear or yield the yoke of education? So I repeat:
No more school-based work for me. I’ll be clear –
I plan to cruise the oceans for my rest.
They also serve who only blog and tweet.


Composed in October 2015
(a tribute to “On His Blindness” by John Milton, most probably written in October 1665)


On his blindness

When I consider how my light is spent

Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,

And that one talent which is death to hide

Lodg’d with me useless, though my soul more bent

To serve therewith my Maker, and present

My true account, lest he returning chide;

“Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?”

I fondly ask. But Patience to prevent

That murmur, soon replies: “God doth not need

Either man’s work or his own gifts; who best

Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state

Is kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed

And post o’er land and ocean without rest:

They also serve who only stand and wait.”


This entry was posted in Milton and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s