Twas the night before school, and all through the place
Neither child was sleeping, both anxious, awake.
New shoes and school bags sit neat on the floor
In hopes that they’ll make it outside the front door.
The children are restless, jumping up from their beds
At spiders, and itches, and pains in their heads.
And Mamma holds on to her patience with care,
As sounds of dad’s snoring rip through the air.
The two dogs are eager to gambol and play
Convinced by the children that it’s actually day.
Warm milk is offered, spiders are sought.
Calm words are murmured from one equally fraught.
Morning will come, our safe summer gone.
Back now to school, where it all feels so wrong.
Snuggle down, babies, and lie here with mum.
Only six long more years until we are done.