Daily Archives: February 15, 2008

Poetry Friday: Scissors

On the first day of an extra long, long weekend, I find this poem just right. This February already has me feeling haggard. It’s amazing how those very little things – like 7 missing pair of scissors – can drive you round the bend in a classroom. This poem is bound to bring a smile (of recognition?) to every teacher’s face.

Scissors – by Allan Ahlberg

Nobody leave the room.
Everyone listen to me.
We had ten-pair of scissors
At half-past two,
And now there’s only three.

Seven pair of scissors,
Disappeared from sight.
Not one of you leaves
Till we find them.
We can stop here all night!

Scissors don’t lose themselves,
Melt away, or explode.
Scissors have not got
Legs of their own
To go running off up the road.

We really need those scissors,
That’s what makes me mad.
If it was seven pairs
Of children we’d lost,
It wouldn’t be so bad.

I don’t want to hear excuses.
Don’t anyone speak.
Just ransack this room
Till we find them,
Or we’ll stop here… all week!

You can hear the poet, Allan Ahlberg, reading this at Children’s Poetry Archive. I wonder if he’s written one about crayons too?

(photo © Darren Hester for openphoto.net CC:Attribution-NonCommercial)