Allan Ahlberg

The Supply Teacher

Here's the rule for what to do
If ever your teacher has the flu
Or for some other reason takes to her bed
And a different teacher comes instead

When the visiting teacher hangs up her hat
Writes the date on the board, does this or that
Always remember, you have to say this,
OUR teacher never does that, Miss!

When you want to change places or wander about
Or feel like getting the guinea pig out
Never forget, the message is this,
OUR teacher always lets us, Miss!

Then, when your teacher returns next day
And complains about the paint or clay
Remember these words, you just say this:
That OTHER teacher told us to, Miss!

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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  • rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr (2/26/2020 6:47:00 AM)


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  • hannah (5/19/2019 1:46:00 PM)

    I love this poem and I have to remember this and recite this soon...….

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    richard(2/7/2020 1:01:00 AM)

    same as me

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  • Majed Hamdan (10/3/2018 3:16:00 PM)

    excellent poem! ! ! ! ! ! !

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  • bob123 (7/8/2018 7:06:00 AM)

    I feel somebody with more animation in his expression such as Michael Rosen could do a much better job reciting this. All in all I don't despise the poem but it is no challenging read- a child-like style if you will.

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  • karsang (4/13/2018 2:43:00 AM)

    this poem is very revealing in nature, i like it.

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  • Nischay (3/30/2018 11:31:00 PM)

    Can i get the summary of it I need it for my project

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  • Vaishnavi PandeyVaishnavi Pandey (3/20/2018 4:20:00 AM)

    funny poem, I like it : -)

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    Jay Pandey(5/9/2018 5:31:00 PM)

    This poem is not what i needed but.... it was good dddd?

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (11/8/2015 1:31:00 PM)

    Ahlberg remembers those days so well- he must have been a ringleader

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon (11/8/2015 11:37:00 AM)

    So typical of school life so beautifully portrayed in a truthful way.

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (5/19/2014 10:26:00 AM)

    You never stop to amaze me man! !

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  • Silverlight Chen (6/14/2009 4:37:00 PM)

    LOL, very nice and funny poem, but too bad it doesn't work 4 me. our supply teacher is always the same teacher and so she always knows what our real teacher does. when it was her first time, the class did something like what your poem told us to do but that supply teacher told the real teacher everything and the real teacher was pretty upset... but it was still fun! =D

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  • Liliana Mar (12/10/2008 5:18:00 PM)

    This is funny (: . && it's also trueee..

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  • Bank Sittipongpittaya (3/12/2007 7:14:00 AM)

    i like the style of this poem

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