Back to School Wipeout

By Laurie Epps

Lots of kids nationally have started school this week. However, the transition from summer mode to school routine can be exhausting for everyone. Personally, I'm functioning on 3-4 hours of sleep a night and wondering why I'm still tired. But I look at my kids who in the morning don't want to get up, and in the evening are asleep before dinner.

Today's poem was a joint effort with my daughter Ellen, who just started junior college Monday, and my little one kindergarten. The end of the day is just as arduous. I have to wake them up for a bath and dinner. Chores are undone, and I'm struggling with concentration after being in a summer routine. But like every other school year, within two weeks we'll be back into the groove of things.


Back to School Wipeout
by Ellen and Laurie Epps

After watching TV all night
5 am is quite a fright
We fight with all our might
Not to see the morning light

But it's still dark outside
Under the covers we will hide
Back into slumber we will slide
We emerge from bed and heave a sigh

In the minivan we will cram
Half asleep and with a wham
Dropping off the kids, doors slam
Typical morning with the fam

Every morning still running late
Tardiness seems to be our fate
All teenagers can relate
One of your kids will make you wait

The wrong teacher can make you drool
Yet still, the students play it cool
Fashion seems to be the rule
Mommy picks us up from school

In the car seat fast asleep
From the backseat not a peep
Awaken the child, they will weep
Silence we will try to keep

Long day at school has been trying
And we feel like we are dying
Homework makes us feel like crying
We are tired, no denying

Mom tells us to do our chores
But we want to sleep some more
Laptop open she did snore
Gosh that book must be a bore!





Laurie Epps is a senior at Anderson University majoring in Creative Writing. Already Laurie is most published as a feature article writer, essayist, and poet. A seeker of beauty and world traveler, Laurie hopes to grow into a career in travel writing illuminating the many stories that make us human despite our differences. Currently, Laurie also has a Monday Morning Book Club column dedicated to writers everywhere, and column called Fiction to Film Fridays.


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