Kindergarten by Laura Marie Clark


Little heads turn,

Tiny eyes widen,

Mouths hang open

It’s English time!

Language lessons

Are important here,

So English begins

At kindergarten.

There’s not much

A teacher can do:

These kids barely

Speak Vietnamese,

So songs and colours

Are today’s subjects.

Numbers, songs,

Letters, songs –

Kindergarten teachers

Can lose their minds

When every lesson

Means repetition!

The kids gather

Around their legs

Beaming, speaking,

Screeching sometimes

In Vietnamese;

Too young for school


Lacking control,

Their eagerness

Is infectious –

At least for a while.

And after classes

Kindergarten teachers

Want to curl up

In a warm bed

To get some

Well-deserved sleep.

High school teachers

Tell them it’s easy,

Singing songs every day,

But kindergarten

Teachers know better:

It’s easy to teach

When the lesson

Can be planned

From beginning to end.

They run, they shout,

They play, they dream

Of a chance to rest

All while surrounded

By twenty hyper kids.


© Laura Marie Clark


Excerpt from the book City Of The World

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About the Author

Laura is a writer and blogger near Lincoln, England. She is the author of City of the World – a collection of poems that take the reader on an adventure living and working as a teacher in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to explore the highs and lows of life as an expat.

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