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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

TEACHER IS STANDING,
IN FRONT OF ME
READY NOW CHILDREN
1, 2, 3

SHE KEEPS ON TALKING,
ABOUT THIS AND THAT
THEN OUT OF NOWHERE,
POPS A PINK CAT

THE PINK CAT STARTS,
TO BOUNCE ON IT’S TAIL
THEN THROUGH THE AIR,
IT REALLY DID SAIL

I STARED AT THE CAT,
THE CAT STARED BACK
WHEN OUT OF NOWHERE,
SUDDENLY, WHACK!

MY BLUE EYES BLINKED ONCE,
THEN TWICE MORE
I SUDDENLY FIND MYSELF,
LAID ON THE FLOOR

IT SEEMED I HAD FALLEN,
PLUM FAST ASLEEP
THE TEACHER DID LEAVE ME,
AND MADE NOT A PEEP

THE OTHER KIDS LAUGHED,
AS I STOOD TALL AND STRAIGHT
THEY GIGGLED THROUGH FINGERS,
KNOWING MY FATE

‘TO THE CORNER YOUNG MAN’,
THE TEACHER DID RULE
IT WAS THEN THAT I SPOTTED,
A GREEN FURRY MULE

I STOOD WITH MY NOSE,
STUCK STRAIGHT TO THE WALL
TAKING QUICK GLANCES,
AT THE FOOL IN THE HALL

THE MULE STARTED SINGING,
OPERA NO LESS
IT DIDN’T REALLY SOUND THAT BAD,
I TRULY MUST CONFESS

THE DONKEY FLOATED INTO SPACE,
AND EVERYTHING WAS BLACK
I VERY NEARLY GRABBED HIS TAIL,
WHEN ALL AT ONCE THWACK!

MY BIG BLUE EYES POPPED,
AND MUCH TO MY DISMAY
THE CORNER WAS NOT AT MY NOSE,
AND ON THE FLOOR I LAY

THE TEACHER GRABBED MY EAR SO TIGHT,
AND MARCHED ME DOWN THE HALL
BANGING ON THE HEADMASTERS’ DOOR,
IT APPEARED TO ME SO TALL

SHE LEFT ME THERE TO FACE MY DOOM,
AND SEAL MY AWFUL FATE
WHEN ALL AT ONCE A YELLOW COW,
JUMPED THE GARDEN GATE

I RUBBED MY EYES WITH FISTS SO TIGHT,
AND TOOK ANOTHER GLANCE
THE COW JUST SMILED AND CLICKED IT’S HEELS,
AND DID A LITTLE DANCE

‘YOUNG MAN!’ A VOICE BOOMED FROM ABOVE
WHICH MADE ME JUMP SO HIGH
‘YOU’VE FALLEN FAST ASLEEP AGAIN!’
AND I DID START TO CRY

‘I’M SORRY SIR’,
I HEARD MYSELF, STARTING TO PROTEST
‘I WILL NOT DO IT ANYMORE,
I’LL REALLY TRY MY BEST!’

THEN AS HE STARTED TO REPLY
MY EYES CAUGHT SUCH A SIGHT
THERE STOOD A MOUSE WITH SKIN SO BLUE
AND HE DID FLY A KITE!

I SHOOK MY HEAD, AND TAPPED MY BRAIN
MY EYES LOOKED STRAIGHT AHEAD
BUT I JUST SAID ‘TO HECK WITH IT’
AND DREAMED I WAS IN BED!

Michelle Slichter
22 June 2005