English spelling is insane

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.

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