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.


Comments about First Day At School by Roger McGough

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

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

    great write; great 10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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  • (5/31/2019 7:17:00 AM)

    EXCELLENT I COULD FIND EVERYTHING I WANT (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab 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
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  • (5/16/2019 1:30:00 PM)

    It is very good I love it (Report)Reply

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  • (5/7/2019 9:18:00 PM)

    This is da best ever (Report)Reply

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  • (5/5/2019 2:49:00 PM)

    I like it (Report)Reply

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  • (4/15/2019 4:04:00 AM)

    what you drunk (Report)Reply

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  • (4/15/2019 4:03:00 AM)

    what you drunk (Report)Reply

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  • (3/15/2019 9:01:00 AM)

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  • (2/23/2019 7:37:00 PM)

    Best ever (Report)Reply

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  • (2/18/2019 9:11:00 AM)

    Wow, actually good (Report)Reply

    (4/5/2019 10:01:00 AM)

    That was a good video and it had a lot of information.

    (3/5/2019 8:47:00 AM)

    i am the meme lord (to be continued theme song plays)

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  • (2/18/2019 7:31:00 AM)

    its all right I actually liked it (Report)Reply

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  • (2/11/2019 5:36:00 AM)

    My son likes these books (Report)Reply

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  • (2/11/2019 5:30:00 AM)

    I want to commit not alive (Report)Reply

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  • (12/27/2018 6:11:00 AM)

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    (4/16/2019 11:11:00 AM)

    I just used this for some English homework and it is OK and I would recommend it for others if they are at high-school and need it the most. I would say out of 10. It would be 10 out of 10

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  • (12/10/2018 5:05:00 PM)

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    (12/17/2018 2:25:00 AM)

    LETS GET IT

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  • Bri Edwards (11/14/2018 11:57:00 PM)

    by the number of comments, i'm guessing this was a Poem of the Day on PH. BUT the dates on them are not so close together as to sound like a P of the D selection.

    hmm?

    i like it. to MyPoemList.

    but i worry about the kid speaking. perhaps an 'idiot'? ? ? it sounds like s/he is small
    in stature and small in intellect AND is out of her/his element! ! !

    : (

    bri
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  • Bhagabat Prasad Hotta (11/13/2018 6:28:00 PM)

    It is the most memorable event that the first day at school........so beautiful poem sir............... (Report)Reply

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  • (10/14/2018 1:47:00 AM)

    It’s ok and good. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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