Poem of the Week

A COUPLE TO START OFF THE YEAR…

TO MY TEACHER

Teacher hear your students’ call,

Humbly at your feet we fall,

Overworked, we’re suffering all,

We’re only kids give us a break!

You have us work from eight ’til two,

And then next day our homework’s due,

Our fingers all are turning blue!

We’re only kids give us a break!

For math, we had six pages due,

For reading, read the chapter through,

Hist’ry reports are overdue,

We’re only kids give us a break!

In grammar, we memorized past tense,

For science, three experiments,

Fifty spelling words! This makes no sense!

We’re only kids give us a break!

With all this work we’re to the wall,

Our folks have banned us from the mall,

We have no time for a phone call!

We’re only kids give us a break!

So c’mon Teach, just name your price,

We’ll even act real good and nice!

How much must we sacrifice?

We’re only kids give us a break!

Now you may think we’re out of line,

But missing work is not a crime!

Weren’t you a kid once upon a time?

We’re only kids give us a break!

Well, now I guess our pleadin’s done,

We give up!  All right, you’ve won!

Can we go now and have some fun?

We’re only kids give us a break!

READ BETWEEN THE LINES

The little boy and little girl

Were playing “family.”

He was the “daddy” and went to “work,”

She did “housework” for “free.”

They did the jobs they learned from books,

From pictures that they read.

Pictures which showed what each parent did,

And that’s what went on in their heads.

The teacher read a fairy tale

About a girl asleep.

“Her wicked stepmother cast a spell

Which made her sleep real deep.”

Little Sally went home that night,

Afraid of what she might find.

Will her dad’s new wife put her under a spell?

Was she the wicked kind?

For someone forgot to teach one little thing

A lesson for all little minds.

“Don’t believe every word you read,

Think before the ideas you heed,

For even a weed grows from one little seed,

And read between the lines, yes always,

Read between the lines.”

Jimmy read a couple tales ’bout

Blind men in the town.

The blind men were poor beggar men,

Whose lives were always down.

Now Jimmy hadn’t ever met

Someone who couldn’t see.

He began to think how horrible

A blind man’s life must be!

For someone forgot to teach one little thing

A lesson for all little minds.

“Don’t believe every word you read,

Think before the ideas you heed,

For even a weed grows from one little seed,

And read between the lines, yes always,

Read between the lines.”

Now boys and girls remember that

To read’s a wonderful thing.

Books open your mind to the world

And ideas that they bring.

But take care that you don’t forget

That all you read’s not true.

Like all ideas in your head–

When reading, think them through.

For someone forgot to teach one little thing

A lesson for all little minds.

“Don’t believe every word you read,

Think before the ideas you heed,

For even a weed grows from one little seed,

And read between the lines, yes always,

Read between the lines.”