Friday, June 04, 2010

Poetry Friday: Last Day of School

Today is the last day of school, and everyone knows that that is the real beginning of summer, whatever the calendar says. When I went looking for "end of school poems" I found this article, which has suggestions for poems to stick in your child's lunchbox on many days throughout the school year. There are three suggestions for the last day of the school year, and I picked this one to savor as I anticipate a summer with some days at the beach (which we hope will still be oil-free), some time reconnecting as a family, and a return to our island home:


by Lilian Moore

I made a sand castle.
In rolled the sea.
"All sand castles
belong to me—
to me,"
said the sea.

I dug sand tunnels.
In flowed the sea.
"All sand tunnels
belong to me—
to me,"
said the sea.

I saw my sand pail floating free.
I ran and snatched it from the sea.
"My sand pail
belongs to me—
to ME!"

Here's today's Poetry Friday roundup.


Author Amok said...

What an adorable poem! And I love the lunch box idea. My kids still have ten full and three half days... can you tell we're counting down?!

Laura said...

What a fun poem, Ruth! I've read it before, but it is a delight to read it again!

Have a fun summer with your kids!

Laura Evans
all things poetry

Janet said...

I found this exact same poem and I was looking for one on raccoons! (Don't ask why...) This author wrote 'Little Raccoon and the Thing in the Pool,' too.

Anyway, I love it.

Mary Lee said...

Happy last day of school! Summer starts for me after teacher work day on Monday! YAY! (Crossing my fingers for oil-free beaches!)

Tricia said...

Nine full days, 1 half day (which isn't really half the length of a school day, so why do they call it that?) here. Maybe I'll tuck in a poem that last week...

laurasalas said...

I love Lilian Moore--this is a fun one. So defiant! Thanks for sharing.