Friday, April 21, 2017

Poetry Friday: School

Today is the last day of the semester. Soon we'll be sending a new crop of teachers off into the world. It's bittersweet really. I'm always ready for the end of the year, but I will be sad to see them go. This poem is for all my students who will soon be leading students of their own.

by Daniel J. Langton

I was sent home the first day
with a note: Danny needs a ruler.
My father nodded, nothing seemed so apt.
School is for rules, countries need rulers,
graphs need graphing, the world is straight ahead.

Read the poem in its entirety.

In addition to this post, you may want to take a few minutes to read my National Poetry Month post(s). This year I am sharing poetry that celebrates my late sister-in-law and what it means to be human. These daily posts focus on traits that Pam exuded—empathy, kindness, caring, friendship, gentleness and love. Here are the posts I've shared to this week.
I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference. Happy poetry Friday friends!


  1. I'll have to send "School" to my older daughter -- she will start working on getting a master's degree in education in the fall.
    I'll be back to read your Pam poems.

  2. I love the poem for your students, advice I hope they take with them for always. I didn't know you were writing about your sister-in-law. That is a collection to savor. I'll try to come back to catch up, Tricia.

  3. This is a great poem to send off those new teachers. I hope they are able to find and share the joy of learning in their new classrooms.

  4. Oops, he dropped it. Great ending to the poem. Nearly knew everything there was to know... but dropped it. LOL I hope all the new teachers keep their senses of humor.

  5. The ending surprised me!

  6. Hahaha - so typical: Big Things Might Have Happened, But Alas. This poem is the entire story of my school life.

    Congratulations on hatching another batch of great teachers.