Saturday, July 22, 2006


twoandahalflonghours we spent
listening to names
perfect attendance and
academic achievement and
academic improvement and
leadership and character and
speeches from the eighth graders
moving on to high school and
thankyous to the volunteers
and helpers and staff and
this is the ending
kids make the milestone
complete the grade, move on
from year to year
climb the swaying rope ladder
to adulthood, mark each step
along the way in final celebrations
each grade forward a notch of success
and you send them off hoping
they keep journeying
keep being a little of the person
you know right now
no matter how grownup
they become
this is the goodbye
and this is the looking
to September


Blogger Deezee said...

you so capture the swirl of the day with these words...

2:04 AM  
Blogger twitches said...


Yep. That pretty much sums those things up. I had to sit through these many years when I taught junior high...the principal took teacher roll, and if you weren't there, or left early, you were screwed. Thanks for reminding me!

8:57 AM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

"climb the swaying rope ladder
to adulthood" ... this image says it all so beautifully!!!
or is it even more vivid because i just finished watching "pirates of the caribbean: dead man's chest" with all the swaying ropes and twisting plots? i hope for the best for all your graduating students.

12:45 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

i know my shorties are in good hands.
i am looking forward to what next year brings!
and i am glad we'll be in it together, girl.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous susanna said...

I can only imagine how proud you must be of some of those students, Emily. I'm glad there are people like you out there teaching.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Tina With Wings said...


Ha ha, it was the beginning that totally drew me

"and this is the looking
to September"

And the ending that moved me. :)

12:22 PM  

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