When the School Campus Closes for Summer

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Classes are all done! School campus is closed.

When the School Campus Closes for Summer

1.) Campus

 

Classes are all done

teacher takes a needed rest

calm on the playground

 

Where the children played

a lonely wrapper blows by

weathered sidewalk chalk

 

Laughter once rang out

around these cold monkey bars

now whispers of wind

 

Where did children go?

When our classrooms close their doors

Summertime is here

 

Move from class to trees

rest and break from our studies

return to childhood

 

Remember a space

where children gather laughter

curiosity

 

Doorways to the world

explore exotic places

how the living live

 

Condensed families

move slow through these summer days

some broken dishes.

On School Campus In class with White Glue…

2.) Closes

 

In class with white glue

hints of life’s deeper meaning

barely holding on

 

No more strategy

to hold young minds interest

the pencils are down

 

In noisy households

where seasons heat holds secrets

a struggling garden

 

The sharpened pencil

a symbol of our learning

presents a sharpened wit

 

Each grade each degree

never an empty promise

widening the world

 

When campus closes

where once many children’s feet

a concrete silence

 

Open books are closed

time to drown in summer heat

or swim in a pool

 

To run in sprinklers

without thinking about numbers

all the facts are wet.

Campus
On empty campus we put away the texts…

3.) For Summer

When parents recall

nostalgic summertime play

away from the school

 

Put away the texts

return to the library

quiet summer reads

 

Find friends to run with

down country roads near our home

irrigation ditch

 

Climb broken fences

try your luck in open fields

Dandelion seed

 

These generations

learning to live in world

outside of their schools

 

No bells or deadlines

only suppertime whistles

in evening from Dad

 

Gather the family

around summer Barbeque

the smells of good food

 

When cousins will dance

fast stepping summertime joy

a family waltz.

Campus Closed
To run from the campus with a fast stepping summertime joy!

4.) Time

A time for fireworks

to light up a July sky

while our youngest naps

 

These songs of summer

remain in our memories

defining our home

 

Our education

as important as our play

builds our character

 

Just a few months more

the smiles of our new teachers

friends from long ago

 

With Hopscotch and hugs

school pavement will see new life

ready for new class

 

Gather adventures

to turn to Swashbuckling

stories on High Seas

 

Comparing the beach

to an Antarctic Tundra

imagination

 

A place in their book

lost by casual daydream

of our next summer.

 

 

 

Jamie Lee Hamann

Things have changed over the years.My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry.I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished two collections of poetry "Six Years of Service" and "The Rhyme of the Ancient Middle Class" both available on Amazon and plans for more.I share a weekly poem for TCEevery Saturday.I started work on my first novel and I am using TCE to share my progress as I go.I share new excerpts of this work every weekend.A Science Fiction novel that I hope is enjoyable to read. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family.I am excited to share my poetry and my writing.If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com.The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

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Jamie Lee Hamann

Things have changed over the years. My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished two collections of poetry "Six Years of Service" and "The Rhyme of the Ancient Middle Class" both available on Amazon and plans for more. I share a weekly poem for TCE every Saturday. I started work on my first novel and I am using TCE to share my progress as I go. I share new excerpts of this work every weekend. A Science Fiction novel that I hope is enjoyable to read. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. I am excited to share my poetry and my writing. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com. The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

4 thoughts on “When the School Campus Closes for Summer

  • June 23, 2019 at 8:43 PM
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    Great work, Jamie. We don’t have a summer break here, rather three small holiday period throughout the year. But your verse shows all the contrast and changes associated with Summer’s gifts. Great phrasing and imagery and thoughts of scenes in stark contrast. Very much enjoyed. Cheers!~

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  • June 23, 2019 at 11:06 PM
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    A delightful read and it sure brings back memories of the joys of summer break. Excellenty written Haiku, Jamie. Well done.

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