Many years later
who had been head boy
became a figure of professional respect
a B list celebrity, well known for his opinions.
Three years separated our births
17 and 14
head boy and second year
junior school and most senior
Disraeli’s two nations
“ignorant of each other’s habits, thoughts, and feelings”
I don’t remember much about his tenure
an address at the beginning of the year
cameo appearances welcoming or thanking dignitaries
possibly a valedictory at prize giving.
When inducted a senior by age and examinations
I came to know head boys had many qualities
often equilibrating that difficult balance
approval by peers and authorities
but always casting their vote with God
never tempted by The Devil.
A nothing is urgent Saturday on Public Radio
the well-known former head boy
explains his views to the genial host
people shouldn’t be surprised
he has always been opinionated
willing to be unpopular from very young.