English spelling is insane.
It’s neither great nor right to write
late straight eight and vain champaign in veins.
We keep children busy and make them dizzy
with too many swimming women and big builders of cruisers,
with friends in fields and pieces of pie
and police chiefs who seek to speak to evil cheeky sheiks.
We turn them off learning with
too much ploughing through rough stuff,
through tough troughs and rough coughs,
low brows and high boughs.
We make them waste time
without reason or rhyme
and pretend not to know how come
some score so low
and keep spelling in ways
that make children fail.