ISSN: 0799-1487

Post-hoc: Prayer of a Bewildered University Lecturer

Paulette A. Ramsay

dear Sweet Jesus
deliver me from the wrath
of garbled sentences
the stress of circumlocutory paragraphs
the pain of recurring
non-sequiturs
spare me the agony
inflicted by deductive claims
that go neither from the general
to the particular
nor any damned place at all,
rescue me from thesis statements
that morph or rewrite themselves
halfway through torturous essays
save me, save me
from the onslaught of false dilemmas
from the perils of slippery slopes
ravenous red herrings
and heartless students
who refuse to make claims
but ask instead
feeble questions
in these anaemic essays.

First published in October Afternoon (2012)

Section: Articles
Issue: Number 24