PAUL ORSHOSKI

   CHILDREN’S AUTHOR & POET

 

WHAT’D YOU LEARN AT SCHOOL TODAY?

“What’d you learn at school today?”

my mom will surely ask.

I’m certain that my answer

will leave her quite aghast.


I learned that spit wads stick to walls

and on the teacher’s cheek.

I learned I have detention

after school for one whole week.


I learned the cafeteria

is a carrot “no-fly” zone.

I learned that I will eat my lunch

in a small room all alone.


I learned that science chemicals

can make a stinking mess.

I learned I lost the privilege

of enjoying noon recess.


I learned my vicious dodge-ball throws

can hurt a person’s chin.

I learned that I no longer may

participate in gym.


I learned the school bus is no place

to trip kids with my feet.

I learned that I will ride all year

in a private front-row seat.


If moms would just quit asking,

“What’d you learn at school today?”

their hearts would not be broken

and their hair would not turn gray.