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.”