Rahul Aithal

(25th Jan 1967 / Mumbai - India)

Skipping School


It's Monday morning and he wanted to skip school,
his stomach was hurting, that's how he would fool.

Mama approached and he held the stomach hard,
She stood and watched as he cried out, ' Oh my God! '

Mama scolded:
'Told you not to sleep late, Why didn't you follow the rule? '
He said:
'I have a stomachache, please don't send me to school.'

Mama told him to rest, believing all the lies,
and set off to work, giving lots of advice.
He slept for sometime, glad to be at home,
but got up in no time, happy but alone.

He watched some TV and played video games,
but actually was missing all school mates.

Restless and lost, Lazy and bored,
eating all junk food, finally he dozed.

Mama returned home and woke him up,
along came his friends happy and pepped up.
startled but awake now, he asked 'how was school? ',
they all said 'wow, it was pretty cool'.

Suddenly he stood up rattling his brain,
everyone looked up when he shouted in pain.
'come here and feel, my stomach is aching,
this time for real, I am not faking.'

Mama said 'drink some water and soon the pain will pass',
His friends gave the school work which he had missed in the class.
Off they went to play
wishing him to get well soon
He knew he had to stay
as he had wasted the afternoon.

He promised himself, will never make an excuse,
bunking the school was really of no use.

Submitted: Sunday, December 06, 2009

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