The Supply Teacher

Here's the rule for what to do
If ever your teacher has the flu
Or for some other reason takes to her bed
And a different teacher comes instead

When the visiting teacher hangs up her hat
Writes the date on the board, does this or that
Always remember, you have to say this,
OUR teacher never does that, Miss!

When you want to change places or wander about
Or feel like getting the guinea pig out
Never forget, the message is this,
OUR teacher always lets us, Miss!

Then, when your teacher returns next day
And complains about the paint or clay
Remember these words, you just say this:
That OTHER teacher told us to, Miss!

by Allan Ahlberg

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Comments (5)

Hang in there Tia. It can only get better so compose a happy song and we will sing along with your new happiness. Well written and thoughtful write! 10 Karin Anderson
Lovely Tia - - - this is too sad and here is a big hug to help you forget the bad place - - a strong verse and very telling..... xx from Fay.....
old song are golden..and nice to reminisce...que sera, sera - what ever will be, will be...always reminds with the song along with past events... nice provoking poem.....10
Old song's end, new ones always begin the show must go on and never end.. Andy 10
As always Tia, you have a way of weaving the words to make them sing. Very well done and thank you for sharing your talent with us :)