Henry Lawson School Poems

1.
The Old Bark School

It was built of bark and poles, and the floor was full of holes
Where each leak in rainy weather made a pool;
And the walls were mostly cracks lined with calico and sacks –
There was little need for windows in the school.
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2.

I took the book of punishment,
And ran its columns down;
I started with an open brow
And ended with a frown;
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