It’s Poetry Friday and it’s also December 1, which is both the first day of Advent, and the first day of summer here in Australia.
So, although I keep thinking it’s ages till Christmas, I guess it is now officially close. It’s also a sign that the school year (which runs from February to December) is coming to a close, and in classrooms across the country, kids and teachers alike are looking forward to school finishing. With all that in mind, here’s a little poem about December – and Christmas – in Australia.
Christmas is Coming
Christmas is coming.
We’ve stopped learning stuff at school
except how to sing Jingle Bells
whilst standing straight and tall
so the folks can get good piccies
at speech night;
and how to get glitter to stick
to a polystyrene ball
to hang on the Chrissie tree;
and how to make a gazillion cards
one for Mum
one for Dad
and two for the grandmas;
and how to carry home
all those scrapbooks
and dead textas
and how to concentrate
on all this
even though it’s 40 degrees
and our classroom isn’t airconditioned
and all we really think about
as that Christmas is coming.
(Poem copyright Sally Murphy)
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