On Being a Supernumerary Student

Supernumerary Posts sound very attractive

With lots of free time on ideas to be active.

One thinks of experiments

Exploring the elements of childhood neurosis,

Symbiosis erroneous.

The basis of manias

And personalities miscellaneous.

But ‘ere you think of signing on

Ponder your motivation.

The initiative they say you’ll practice

You’ll find will daily deplete in fact as

Your time is all spent in communications

With those who make insinuations

That students are useless innovations.

A little time listening to childish prattle,

The rest in an inter-staff psychic battle !

Autumn 1965


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