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Today is the day when the raindrops patter,

When the wind blows and the leaves scatter.

   Today my mind’s running hither and thither.

   It’s a day when my nerves feel all of a dither.

 

Through the pattering rain and leaves that blow,

Nearer and nearer to the school I go.

   Amidst forming chaos and the panic stations,

   The churning stomach and the expectations -

 

To a desk in the corner with a paper and pen.

I’m on the starting line, flag’s waved and then –

   It’s eyes on my paper, the mind on the job.

   Now, brain in gear - how my temples throb!

 

I must read the questions, allow time to think;

Then it’s pen to paper and here comes the ink.

   Read what you’ve written!  Did you comprehend?

   Time’s up!  Stop writing!  Your exams at an end.”

 

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This poem was one of almost 400 poems which were chosen by teachers and children and was published in 2010 in five books.  They liked it, I like it, of course, and I hope you do too.  Why not perform it?  Josie

 

SECONDARY SCHOOL POEMS 

 

By Josie Whitehead

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