Lock down of love

I put on my uniform and mum ties my shoe

Dad kisses my head and says use the loo

I’m starting at big school, finally today

I’m going to put up my hand and have my good say


We get to the school gate, it’s enormous and strong

“That’s safe,” says my mum, “Nothing here will go wrong”

She kisses me again, the millionth time on this day

And waves me goodbye from the drop and kiss bay


I look all about me as I trot up the playground

And I enter my class at the big singing bell sound.

My teacher is friendly, she looks fun and so cool

She says, “Welcome my poppets to Mona Vale School”


I’m doing so well – haven’t cried one small bit

I even had recess with a friend called Brigitte

But just when we settle back down to a book

I notice sharp breath and I notice a look –


From my teacher, the lady I trust most right now,

She seems scared and has a bad look on her brow

“Children, it is now time, to leave our classroom

And find a new spot – and we must get there soon.”


And suddenly this school thing is no longer such fun

I know something is wrong and I just want my mum

I can’t have her, they say, we must wait in our spot

And now I am crying, so are others – a lot


But I hear a sweet voice, breaking through the melee

It is singing a song meant for children like me

“Who are beautiful children?” sang the voice to my heart

“We are beautiful children” we sang back our part.


My teacher came over and hugged me so tight

It was just like my dad’s hug and I felt alright

Whatever it was that was scary inside

Out here we were safe because love did provide.


I knew from now on, that this school place was kind

And that big scary thing, here no fear it would find

Because children are beautiful, strong little people

And Mona Vale School is their loving safe steeple.

Felicity Lenehan ©2016

Published by felicitylenehan

Felicity Lenehan Australia Experienced journalist, copywriter, sub-editor, editor and stylist, who has worked on newspapers, magazines, websites, newsletters, in marketing and PR, and for large and small corporations, internationally.

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