To do list (start school)

sort out the washing

in colour-matched piles,

scrub clean the bathroom

and bleach all the tiles,

throw out the rubbish,

and oil the gate,

check the cat’s bowl

to see what she ate,

tidy the garden,

sweep up the leaves,

get rid of the spider

before my son screams,

buy new black socks

and smart lace-up shoes,

take the kids shopping,

see which folders they choose.

The term is beginning

school cannot wait

and so pretty soon

i’ll say ‘bye’ at the gate,

until I need strength

to just walk away

i add to my list,

and tick off every day.

A poem inspired by many of my friends experiencing their children starting school for the first time this year.

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