Back to School Rhymes

This post is a little bit of a cheat, because I have posted these two poems before, last summer when I wrote them. I am combining them here, partly because it is that time of year again, and also because my children are running me totally ragged this summer, leaving no energy to compose something new. I hope to be firing on a few more bloggy cylinders once they go back tommorrow, so bear with me!!

Back To School Rhymes


The first concerns the sheer joy of back to school shopping….

Back to School Rhyme (Or Why I Am Skint!)

Haircuts and New Shoes.

Fresh Shirts and too long trews.

The P.E. kit has got too small,

Why did you have to get so tall?

Lunch box has a mouldy stink.

Last years pens are out of ink.

Where did all the rulers go?

That’s a thing I’d like to know.

Back to shops to get more things,

Before the new term school bell rings.

Protractors, calculators-all the tools,

Big list of stuff you need for schools.

Hockey socks, and winter coats,

Football boots and books for notes,

Every year there’s more and more

No wonder I’m so blinkin’ poor.


The second takes a more nostalgic look at the end of the holidays…

Holiday End Blues


You drive me mad with endless need,

Another drink, another feed,

Another game, a naughty deed,

But I’ll miss you when you’re back at school.

The cupboards are completely bare,

Like locusts have been eating there,

I filled them yesterday I swear,

But I’ll miss you when you’re back at school.

I am absolutely skint,

These days out seem to cost a mint,

Now all that’s in my purse is lint,

But I’ll miss you when you’re back at school.

I need a rest, I’m all done in,

And I’m almost out of gin,

I can’t keep up, I’m a has-been,

But I’ll miss you when you’re back at school.

Hanging out with you is fun,

Even when there’s not much sun,

I’m sad the holidays are done,

I’ll miss you when you’re back at school.


And it is quite true, I will miss them when they are back at school. I hope you have all had a wonderful time with your kids, and good luck if you haven’t been to Clarks yet….

Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. pinkoddy
    August 27, 2013 / 8:05 am

    They are great and really sum up the mood. Mind we were talking yesterday and by the time all the clubs are paid for actually being off school is pretty cheap.

    • Sonya Cisco
      August 27, 2013 / 9:33 am

      I seem to be skint whatever the time of year- its either holiday treats or school trips or new shoes! Still, they repay me in many ways!

  2. Liz Burton
    August 27, 2013 / 8:16 am

    Ahh love these!

    That second one perfectly sums up my bittersweet feelings about the start of the new term!

  3. Tas D
    August 27, 2013 / 8:22 am

    Great poems! I have to say I’m not looking forward to being even more skint once Z starts school and holiday clubs. Eeerk!

  4. August 27, 2013 / 8:38 am

    These are great. I’m going to miss my two big ones when they are at school again too. I love having them at home.

  5. August 27, 2013 / 8:55 am

    Ah love these – I’ve been listening to The White Stripes singing I can tell that we are gonna be friends in the car all week – feeling very emo!

    • Sonya Cisco
      August 27, 2013 / 9:32 am

      ooh I do love The White Stripes!

  6. BavarianSojourn
    August 27, 2013 / 9:47 am

    Both are great! We went back to school last week, and yes I do miss them! 😀

  7. The Brick Castle
    August 27, 2013 / 10:43 am

    We haven’t been to Clarks, we haven’t even had a tot up of uniforms. I’m tremendously bad at organising over the Summer holidays.
    My lot drive me bats all Summer and the house is such a state it can take no more, but I really miss them once they aren’t here all day 🙂

  8. Tori Wel
    August 27, 2013 / 5:41 pm

    I LOVE these, so very very true. Completely empathised with the mouldy stink in the lunch box – I do that every holiday and never learn! The bitter sweet feeling of them going back to school is completely summed up in your second poem. That reminds me – I’d better check Grace is all ready for next week! Hope you will come over to Prose for Thought on Thursday and link them up 🙂

    • Sonya Cisco
      August 29, 2013 / 8:06 am

      thanks, will try and remember to link up, am rubbish at linkies, too scatterbrained for my own good! 🙂

  9. SarahMummy
    August 27, 2013 / 6:04 pm

    Love these poems! I may have read them last year, but they’re just as good second time round – and all completely true 🙂

  10. August 27, 2013 / 6:20 pm

    These are fantastic and sum it up great, well done you are very talented

  11. Jenny (Just Photos By Me)
    August 27, 2013 / 6:29 pm

    “The cupboards are completely bare,
    Like locusts have been eating there”

    That is my house – I have no idea where all the food is going!

  12. Kate @craftsonsea
    August 27, 2013 / 6:53 pm

    Love these 🙂 My son is starting pre-school next week and while I am ready for a break and had no problem at all when I used to send hm to a childminders, I keep thinking that there may well be a few tears at the gate…

  13. Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily
    August 27, 2013 / 8:28 pm

    Brilliant poems that actually pretty much sum up how I’m feeling too x

  14. August 27, 2013 / 8:50 pm

    I love the second one 🙁
    And I also love that you’ve tagged them “crap poetry” 😉

  15. Mummy Mishaps
    August 27, 2013 / 10:37 pm

    hee hee these are very good ! i will miss my B when he has to start school in afew weeks , i predict tears from me!!!
    and i havent been to Clarkes yet eeeek x

  16. Bod for tea
    August 28, 2013 / 5:37 am

    *Sniff* it’s our first back to school this year as Curly Girl starts next week. LOVE these poems, thanks for reposting them 🙂 (And crap, I haven’t done Clarks yet.)

  17. Nicola Thomas
    August 28, 2013 / 6:34 am

    Amazing and so very very true

  18. Rebecca English
    August 29, 2013 / 7:28 am

    The second poem sums up how I feel exactly. I’m not looking forward to next week! Not looking forward to buying school shoes more though. Ouch!

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