2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 18 – In the Staffroom


For today’s prompt, write an office poem.

It’s the hustle bustle

The urgency of every decision

Piles of requests and orders

Referrals from over worked staff

The endless paperwork

Rising stress and trauma

Of deadlines and student reports.

I breathe a moment as lunch arrives

A time to walk outside

Chat with the office girls

Discuss the family and weekend plans.

Then it’s back into it

The lawless Year 8’s

Pushing every button

Teacher barely survives.

The phone rings

A disgruntled parent

The staffroom pauses

Knowing its Mrs Never Happy

Again questioning her child’s results.

Explanations given

Promises of future action

Reduces the teachers

Days on the job.


Written for: http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2016-april-pad-challenge-day-18

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2 Responses to 2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 18 – In the Staffroom

  1. wildchild47 says:

    Ah the stress of being a teacher – for it extends far beyond the classroom – all the politics, the paperwork and of course, the parents! So much more than walk in to a room, teach a lesson plan, and walk away. Often far more given as teachers than received.

    “Here, have an apple” 🙂 (Even though those days are behind you) … you are still appreciated 🙂

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