Slice of Life #23 – No Play Today


With a big nod to R. LeGallienne’s poem, I must admit I spent a good portion of my Sunday doing school work.  It needed to be done no matter how much the spring weather was calling me.  I did get out to pull some weeds and take the dogs for a good walk but work was calling and since I had to be out Friday for the doctor’s I felt like I owed my class some time.

Here’s the original:

“I Meant To Do My Work Today”

by Richard LeGallienne

I meant to do my work today,
But a brown bird sang in the apple tree,
And a butterfly flitted across the field,
And all the leaves were calling me.
And the wind went sighing over the land,
Tossing the grasses to and fro,
And a rainbow held out its shining hand,
So what could I do but laugh and go?

Here’s my version:

“I Meant To Do My Play Today”

by Sara McNinch

I meant to do my play today,

But a writing bend called from the ole classroom,

And a the unit just begged to be read.

And all the pages were calling me

And they said to interpret and synthesize and plan

Tossing ideas to and fro

And a mini-lesson and mentor text held out its hand,

So what could I do but laugh and plan?


7 thoughts on “Slice of Life #23 – No Play Today

  1. My favorite line is “But a writing bend called from the ole classroom”

    That just made me smile, because you get it! You know how those bends can make or break or stalk your units out! Good for you taking the time to plan, you will thank yourself tomorrow!

  2. Hopefully play will be back in your day soon. You did accomplish a lot with your time of working. I had to laugh with the line “interpret and synthesize and plan” because I know what you mean. This was a fun twist to the original poem.

  3. My fave: all the pages were calling me
    But I’m remembering my Sundays with school on Monday. As we got to spring it was so much harder to be good on Sunday.

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