Posted by: poet kate hutchinson | August 18, 2012

Back-to-School Haiku

Farewell, summer of 2012!  Monday’s alarm will ring at 5 a.m. and then we’re off — another 9 months of frantic weeks, trying to survive the ever-quickening pace of the public school system.  This year we face the added challenge of a daunting new teacher evaluation system.  Each year, something more gets layered on to the oppressive list of expectations, and the stakes get ever higher.

At least I know that the time spent in my classroom with my students will be meaningful, challenging, and — often, hopefully! — full of joy and good surprises.


Here are 3 haiku in honor of the occasion.


Cicadas’ whirring

segues smoothly into

chatter of children

Darkened halls await

fluorescent lighting’s glow

and the sparks of agile minds

We dive into the sea

for the marathon journey

to the Isle of Next Summer

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