Theresa Ann Moore

Rookie - 0 Points (1940 / Michigan, U.S.A.)

Late For School - Poem by Theresa Ann Moore

Rhonda, why are you late again today…
Your constant tardiness causes a delay
Each time I hear your footsteps coming
nearer… my weary head starts drumming

Sorry I am late, but my path was obstructed
Let me explain… No... sit down as instructed
Still standing with the door opened wide
Rhonda gave an explanation that was yet untried

At the railroad crossing there was a long train
It came to a halt …that's why I was detained
Unhappy passengers expressed their frustration
Opening windows… complaining of stagnation

On to the tracks a wandering cow had strayed
'When she moves we will no longer be delayed…'
The conductor's words did not hush the grumbling
Several men disembarked…hurriedly…stumbling

Marching to the front of the train with expediency
They tried to get the cow removed immediately
They tugged and pulled for over twenty minutes
to no avail…demanding a refund for their tickets

Becoming less irritated and only slightly irate
As the cow got up and moseyed… ending the wait
Here's a note from mom that affirms and collaborates
I'm honesty regretful... this is the reason why I'm late…


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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