Nothing Left to Learn

by Eric Ode

It all occurred on March the third,
a Tuesday afternoon.
Our teacher shook her head and said,
“It may as well be June.

“Although it’s clear we will be here
for many months to go,
I’ve nothing left to teach you
that you don’t already know.

“So stack your pencil cases,
and we’ll place them in a drawer.
Your books go in a closet.
We won’t need them anymore.

“Then do your best to scrub your desk
and straighten up your rows.”
She bit her lip and sniffed a bit,
and then she blew her nose.

“It’s such a shame.” My teacher sighed
and gave my desk a rinse.
Those were the final words we heard.
She hasn’t spoken since.

And now, each day, we sit and wait.
The minutes slowly turn,
with sixteen weeks till school is out
but nothing left to learn.

  — Eric Ode

Copyright © 2008. All Rights Reserved. From Buses to Books: Reading, Writing, and Reciting Poems about School. ABDO Publishing. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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From Buses to Books: Reading, Writing, and Reciting Poems about School

This title includes over twelve poems by well-known poets like Myra Cohn Livingston, Kenn Nesbitt, and Eric Ode to name a few. Young readers will enjoy the vivid illustrations and the engaging poems all about school. There are sidebars to every poem explaining terminology such as speaker, metaphors, personification, homonyms and rhyme scheme. This title also gives ideas on how to keep a poetry journal, put on a poetry reading and research other poets and poems to learn more!

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Eric Ode (pronounced Oh-dee) is a national award-winning children’s singer/songwriter, a widely published author and poet, and a thoroughly engaging entertainer. He has contributed poems to dozens of anthologies as well as poems and lyrics to a Grammy Nominated and a Grammy Award winning album. A former elementary teacher, Eric has been invited to share his music and poetry programs with schools, community festivals, libraries, and churches throughout the United States, in Germany, Japan, and in Guam.

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