Back-to-School Haiku

summer sun
creeps across the floor
five days more

in the trees
cicadas whisper–
the grind of the bus

back to school:
familiar hallways
unfamiliar

assigned seats–
pointy crayons
in neat rows

history–
someone else’s name
in my book

cafeteria–
stepping out
on the ice

(c) 2012 Elizabeth Ehrenfest Steinglass, all rights reserved

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14 replies
  1. Linda at teacherdance says:

    We’ve been in for 7 days now, and the school is filled up at last with the students’ work & play & laughter-thank heavens! I like your first, anticipation, then the sounds, & the history. So often my students would say things like ‘look, this used to belong to _______.’ You captured it just right, LIz.

  2. Katya says:

    We’ve been back for three days now and the library is still not ready. We got new shelved this summer and I’ve been helping the librarian re-shelve and weed the collection.

    Those haiku capture the nervous energy of those first few days so well.

  3. loriann signori says:

    Hi Liz! Love your poetry. Tomorrow is your first bloggaversary (sp?)
    have a great day and celebrate the milestone with gusto. Congratulations on all 81 posts!
    hugs to you, loriann

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