‘Twas the Night Before School

This is a horrible poem — I snuck away to get out of making lunches for tomorrow — but some of you may well be able to relate. Good luck to everyone starting school tomorrow, both kids and parents.

‘Twas the night before school and all through the house,
all the children were cranky for summer soon would be doused.
School supplies placed in backpacks with care
Parents couldn’t wait for the kids to be there.

The children were restless wide awake in their beds
while visions of math facts danced in their heads.
And mamma in her nightgown and I looking dandy,
could hardly wait for a nip of some brandy.

The last week was trying, annoying, and bad,
the countdown to school was driving us mad.
“Finish your summer reading; it’s becoming quite stressful!”
we said, wondering whether it would be successful.

Now cranky! Now meltdown! Now grumpy and trying!
On grouchy! On petulant! On whiny, defying!
To the top of the chalkboard! Or whatever it’s called now!
Now dash away, dash away, dash away thou!

When the bus finally comes and peace does arrive,
we hope, as good parents, that they will survive.
But soon they’ll be asking for help with their homework,
and that surely makes us all go beserk.

If the kids go to bed without a horrible fight,
I’ll surely exclaim, “Happy school year to all and to all a goodnight!”


3 Comments on “‘Twas the Night Before School”

  1. Nah, not so horrible. I’m glad they’re going back to school because I’m thinking that means you’ll be writing more? Hope so!

  2. David says:

    while it doesn’t surpass your earlier riff on “’twas the night before..” maybe an entire calendar of these printed up would be just the thing for the parish christmas fair? Hope its a great school year for the boys!

  3. Evelyn says:

    Yes, it is a bad poem…but it’s really funny! I love when poems don’t work and we engineer them to! haha! They’re even funnier that way!!!! I’m sure everything went well for the Schenck kids going back to school. 🙂


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