Salford Junior

Commended poem from the Write a Poem to Speak Competition as published in Speech & Drama, Vol 39, No 2, Autumn 1990. This was a Spoken Poetry issue.

Salford Junior Mixed Infants, 1970s

Our Leicester Road teacher
Was more than God
She was there in the classroom
Not up in the sky

Writing sums on the board
She knew, oh yes, the misbehavers,
Whom to pin down to confession.
Turning around she would stare:

‘I can tell each time you lie,
A little snake pops out of your head.’
At home I fibbed deliberately
Climbed in a chair to reach the mirror.

Fell off.
Anyway, was always too slow,
Whenever I jumped up to see
Was always too late.

Emma Gleadall

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