Just so he can see

I am meant to be inclusive

In all the teaching that I do;

I am meant to remove their barriers to learning.

I also like to think that I am good at what I do

Unfortunately I had a realisation.

 

When discussing some facts of sicence

Imagine my dismay

When I ask about an experience – so simple;

“Who’s been to the beach” – we live not far away.

A sea of hands shoot up with eager tales to tell

But my eye catches the one whose does not.

 

And I know to my core

That this child has never gone much further

Five kilometers from his door.

And I know the reason why

And I know that he probably will –

Never make it too the beach.

A deep sadness settles close to my heart

That I cannot shake.

 

I have – unwittingly excluded him

From the current conversation.

There is no way he can participate

I have marked this child as different

I can see it in his face

There is nothing I can do and I know I will exclude him further

For what am I to do?

There is no funding for free excursions, just so he can see

The glory of our beaches, the open expanse of the Sea

There is no funding for free excursions, just so he can feel

The hot burning sand, the salt spray, the cool water on his feet

There is no funding for free excursions, just so he can hear

The sound of crashing waves, the cries of circling gulls and the laughter of his classmates as they all explore the sea.

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