An Ocean of Emotion

Editor’s Note: This poem was submitted by a brave academic currently facing redundancy. I am very pleased to share it anonymously (in accordance with the poet’s wishes) on #DireEd.

An Ocean of Emotion

Emotions

Like the ocean

Roll in

Waves come crashing down

Pulled below by the undertow

Swimming against the riptide

At risk of being swept aside

The stigma

The shame

The sense of disgrace

Put on a brave face.

Nothing more than a mask

Of those that mattered

None really bothered to ask

A lack of sympathy

An abundance of faux empathy

Emotions

Like the ocean

Roll in

Waves come crashing down

Divide and conquer

The primary strategy

A lack of transparency

Little in the way of honesty

The outcome a tragedy

Nothing less than a travesty

So much for solidarity

The deathknell of collegiality

Emotions

Like the ocean

Roll in

Waves come crashing down

Another restructure

Rationale lacklustre

The state of higher education

A dire situation

What future for the next generation?

Increased casualisation

Another fruitless grant application

Endless pursuit of a citation

More centralised bureaucratisation

Never-ending managerialisation

A stifling of innovation

Emotions

Like the ocean

Roll in

Waves come crashing down

Pulled below by the undertow

Swimming against the riptide

No longer at risk of being swept aside

Redundancy has finally arrived

By no means the end

A chance to survive

An opportunity to thrive.

– Anonymous poet

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2 thoughts on “An Ocean of Emotion

  1. Heartbreaking. That’s such a powerful and visceral metaphor — academe must feel very much like the ocean for our colleagues with precarious appointments. It’s unpredictable and you can be totally at its mercy.

    My own role is quite stable (for now), but I know for certain that I don’t deserve this stability any more than my precarious counterparts. Frankly, none of us do. I know you know that. I can only imagine how bitterly unfair that must feel.

    I’m sorry we’ve lost you. I hope you’ve found peace with how things are and whatever is coming next for you. Thank you for sharing your beautiful poem.

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  2. How about solidarity with the students and their families who are paying obscene amounts of money and receiving an outdated, obsolete, inapplicable, subpar education, with absolutely no recourse for innovation because of tenured, self serving faculty who think universities exist mainly to provide them with jobs…?

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