A poem by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. I previously posted a video with a song she wrote.

 

 

Time

 

 

They have no time for show and tell.
They have no time for play.
They have no time for read aloud
for they must work all day.

 

They have no time for puppet shows.
They have no time to rest.
They have no time to draw or paint
for they must take a test.

 

They know their reading levels.
They all have Google Drive.
They are making PowerPoints.
They are four and five.

 

They’re busy on those iPads
where they can’t make a mess.
They must achieve to please us.
We won’t take any less.

 

Soon they will be teenagers.
More quickly than we know.
Will they one day forgive us?
Where did their childhoods go?

 

© Amy Ludwig VanDerwater