Thank God it’s September! Back they go

to give some other adult headaches, ending

days of lolling in pyjamas, saying ‘no’

to each request to put on clothes, and spending

all their energy on electronic games

and on fighting to possess remote controls.

The tears and tantrums follow; each one blames

the other. Mother referees and scolds.

It’s time to separate them. Yes, it’s best

they’re back in school, and now I have a chance

to catch my breath, to tidy up the mess

as off they run without a backward glance.

The satisfaction of a job well done

can never fill the void of children gone.

First published in Reach




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