Roger McGough

(November 9 - 1937 / Liverpool / England)

First Day At School

Poem by Roger McGough

A millionbillionwillion miles from home
Waiting for the bell to go. (To go where?)
Why are they all so big, other children?
So noisy? So much at home they
Must have been born in uniform
Lived all their lives in playgrounds
Spent the years inventing games
That don't let me in. Games
That are rough, that swallow you up.

And the railings.
All around, the railings.
Are they to keep out wolves and monsters?
Things that carry off and eat children?
Things you don't take sweets from?
Perhaps they're to stop us getting out
Running away from the lessins. Lessin.
What does a lessin look like?
Sounds small and slimy.
They keep them in the glassrooms.
Whole rooms made out of glass. Imagine.

I wish I could remember my name
Mummy said it would come in useful.
Like wellies. When there's puddles.
Yellowwellies. I wish she was here.
I think my name is sewn on somewhere
Perhaps the teacher will read it for me.
Tea-cher. The one who makes the tea.


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    I like it, it has good memories from my 5th grade. I was in a new classroom with no friends yet.(Report)Reply

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    I like it thank you for sharing I really enjoyed it(Report)Reply

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  • Uche Nwanze (10/12/2019 5:04:00 PM)

    A fascinating poem, beautifully crafted.(Report)Reply

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  • hardik patil (9/15/2019 12:50:00 AM)

    i like the glassrooms and lessin part(Report)Reply

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    I hate it its nasty and I think the poet could do better(Report)Reply

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    Not very impressive, too childish.(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (6/14/2019 12:52:00 AM)

    I wish I could remember my name
    Mummy said it would come in useful.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/27/2019 4:57:00 AM)

    I wish I could remember my name
    Mummy said it would come in useful.
    Like wellies..................../// beautifully expressed(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003