To the classrooms and textbooks where students will learn
Their As, Bs, and Cs and the square root of four
And (aren’t we lucky) the great Common Core
Our days at the pool will soon be replaced
By looking for files accidentally erased
Dusting off textbooks and wiping down tables
Readying ourselves to discuss Aesop’s Fables
Gone are the days binging Orange Is the New Black
Who has the time with supplies to unpack?
New crayons and markers and a clock to tell time
All tools we have purchased on our own dwindling dime
Home improvement projects we’ve put off all year
Thinking we would have time when summer was here
Will be rushed to completion and hurriedly finished
With attention to detail only slightly diminished
As each lesson plan is revised and reprinted
Our organizing of binders will soon leave us winded
The Pinterest ideas for our classroom décor
Will trigger a race to the Dollar Tree store
As the last days of August draw to a close
Our wants and our needs are in sharp juxtapose
We want to sip iced tea and work on our tan
We need to report and start all over again
A week of development will kick off our year
New rules and new programs are what we will hear
We love to add more things to clutter our desks
Forget cursive writing; let’s teach to the test!
The Sunday night jitters will strike at eleven
As a barrage of doubts fall like manna from heaven
Is my classroom ready? Did I do all I could?
Will my lessons fall flat or be understood?
As our eyes adjust to the ungodly hour
We trudge to the bathroom and turn on the shower
We ready ourselves to face the first day
Only 179 more wake-ups, hip hip hooray!