Thursday, April 17, 2008

Poem in my pocket...


Go to sleep,
Mum
I won't stop breathing
suddenly in the night

Go to sleep,

I won't climb out of my cot
and
tumble downstairs

Mum, I won't swallow

the pills the doctor gave you
or
put hairpins in electric sockets,
just go to sleep


I won't cry
when you take me
to school and leave me:

I'll be happy with other children
my own age.

Sleep, Mum, sleep.

I won't
fall in the pond, play with matches,
run under a lorry or even consider sweets from strangers.

No, I won't give you
a lot of lip,

not like some.

I won't sniff glue,
Fail all my exams,

Get myself/
My girlfriend pregnant.
I'll work hard and get a steady/

really worthwhile job.

I promise, go to sleep.


I'll never forget
to
drop in/phone/write

and if
I need any milk,
I'll yell


-Lullaby by Rosemary Norman

Today is National Poem in your Pocket Day. I asked my students to participate and share their poem in some way during their day today, and I figure I better do the same. I found this poem this morning, and could really identify with it. How often do I wish that Max and Luke could give me some guarantee that they were going to turn out ok, so I wouldn't lay awake at night worrying about it. So, what do you say, boys? You gonna make your mama some promises?

3 comments:

emily said...

cool "holiday"! I shoulda known it so I could use it... We just finished a poetry unit in my junior classes.

Cool poem to post, too.

emily said...

p.s. REALLY cute photo!!!

Itty_Bitty_Wittes said...

I agree CUTE photo!