Shiny shoes, snack box,
Water bottles, black socks.
Name labels, PE kit,
Let’s try to remember it.
Alarm set, early night,
Avoid the usual sibling fight.
Toilet visits, one more kiss,
Does every child do this?
Next morning, not a peep,
It’s like they’re catching up on sleep.
Wake them up, make them eat,
While you find the luncheon meat.
Cheese will do, let’s get dressed,
One of them will protest.
Brush your teeth, I’ll plait your hair,
Being this organised is rare.
Grab your book bag, pencil case,
Pose for a photo by the fireplace.
Let’s go now and avoid the scramble,
We’ll actually catch the first day preamble.
You’ve lost a brand new shoe?
And you need a poo?
Well, I suppose this is nothing new.
Out the door, in the car,
But, of course, we don’t get far.
PE kit and recorder,
Left behind in our disorder.
Arrive at school, a little late,
Remember to be a good classmate.
Try your best, always be kind,
And I’ll go to work to unwind.
Copyright © Sophie Harrington (2016)
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7 thoughts on “Back to School”
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Hi sophieharrington. Love your poems. Thank you for liking mine “death!” Something none of can avoid! Unless you are a vampire now that’s another poem. Be Safe and Well. #TheFoureyedPoet.
Thanks very much. Enjoy yours too.
This brought back my childhood and those first day of school jitters mingled with a dash of excitement.
Thanks Amber. Yes, that sums it up nicely! Very true.
The 6th stanza had just 3lines unlike the others which had 4.. I love the allusion in this poem… Speaks of parenthood and childhood interwoven.
Thanks for your great observations.