Affection, like ice grows around an object
or metamorphoses away
until no evidence it ever existed.
Thought never did –
think about the workload and tedium of
mustering 500 first year students
kids straight from school used to being told when,
where and how.
He did …
printed course outlines, organised tutorial groups,
oversaw terms tests and assignments and
delivered two blocks of lectures –
about 30% of academic load.
answered dozens of questions and was point of contact
always helpful, always cheerful, never sigh or scowl or
“ now I’ve really heard everything.”
At the last class of the year
he handed out feedback survey sheets,
“ write whatever you want,
but don’t bother writing Jennings is useless –
they already know that.”