The prompt for the last poem in the Poem a Day Challenge:
write a poem about endings. 'Nuf said....
End of the School Year
The calendar stretches
from September to June,
July and August belonging
to some alternate universe.
At the dawn of May, it begins to end:
children once cautious have become
knowing somehow even at six,
that they have accomplished
and are ready to move on.
They have learned to make it
all the way across the monkey bars,
can walk edge of the playground wall
without falling, are willing
to share snacks and crayons.
They write goodbye notes
to their teachers, to their friends,
adorned with asymmetrical hearts
filled with “I love you XOXO.”