Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Poetry Re-Issue: Hello, Summer!

Summer began this week and school ended hereabouts, too. Seems like a good time for this re-issue....

Hello, Summer!
Gregory K.

Goodbye, classroom!
Goodbye, Teach!
You can find me at the beach...
Or in the park or at the pool
Or any place that isn’t school.

Goodbye, quizzes!
Bye, reports!
Hello days packed full of sports
And days when I’m just lazybones
While eating melty ice cream cones.

Goodbye, homework --
Lunchroom, too.
There’s so, so much I wanna do.
I know the school year flew on past…
But please, please summer -- last and last.

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Carol Grannick said...

Oh, fun! Why, why, WHY does it go so quickly????

Sarah Stevenson said...

I can't help thinking about the Alice Cooper song "School's Out" and trying to match your poem to the tune...

David LaRochelle said...

You capture the spirit of summer so well, Greg, and package it into a naturally rhythmic, fun-to-read poem. Thanks for re-issuing this piece. It's the tune lots of kids will be singing this summer.

David, who usually spent his summer vacation playing school.

Julie Musil said...

Greg, I loved this poem! I'll share it with my boys, since I know they'll relate.

Ms. Liu said...

Hi, Greg, I'm a grade school English teacher in Taiwan. I love this poem and would like to share it with my students for our last day of school. I have translated it into Chinese and posted it on my blog. Hope it's OK with you. I have inlcuded a link back to your blog.
Here is the my webpage:


Greg Pincus said...

Ms. Liu - that's wonderful! Thanks for letting me know....

And thanks to all for the comments!