This poem was written
by a student in fourth class,
Stephanie W. in October 1993.
I have kept it with my English papers
for the past twenty two years,
because it makes me laugh.
We were writing poems modelled on
by Carmen Bernos De Gasztold.
Here is Stephanie’s poem:
Please give teacher a break
for she is getting old.
Protect her from us
because we are vampires.
Protect her from the back row
and Jenny’s giggles.
May teacher have some peace at home time
And always let me be teacher’s PE(S)T!
I was reminded of this poem, this week
when listening to the RTE Documentary
(20 years after recording a child’s first day at school,
the Documentary On One returns to see what has happened since –
to the Junior Infants and their teachers).
Stephanie and Jenny are all grown up now
and this poem still makes me laugh.