All things considered, sir was wrong.
It hurt me more than it did him,
gave me something to kick against,
taught me the basics of us and them.
In matters of instruction, sir
overestimated himself. He bored me,
taught me the meaning of ennui.
In matters of discipline, sir
held that the lines were drawn
by the downstroke of a cane. This
was where the positions were assumed.