Back to school: the most exciting time of year,
Begins with running
to the stores for
Pairs of scissors,
And Flash cards to memorize.
A midday snack,
Multi-colored Bullet-proof backpacks.
Back to school: the most anticipated time of year.
Then on that first thrilling day,
Once the lunches are neatly packed
Bowls filled with cereal:
Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs
Mothers adorned with pleasant smiles plucked from corny commercials
Send their kids off with a wave.
Have the perfect first day!
Get home safe.
(Please get home)
Back to school: the proudest time of year.
The new posters and banners exclaim slews of positivity as always:
Feed your brain and read a book!
Let your mind bloom!
You are capable of more than you know!
This is a safe zone.
Just ignore the armed cop in the corner
And the worry leaking into your head
Like the grim reaper from the ground.
Back to school: the most motivational time of year
School offers the necessary principles that are:
But no no—
Not gun regulation.
Back to school: the most academic time of year.
No one needs common sense and background checks
When our secure schools have
Locking doors and
Hallways that curve
To “make things harder for active shooters” and
Chairs for throwing and
Big large desks and
You’re infringing on my rights! and
Bathroom stalls and
It would never happen here! and
Coat cubbies and
Please don’t shoot please don’t-
Back to school: the most horrific time of year.
……………by Kristen Quinn
Kristen Quinn has lived in Lyons for 11 of her 17 years. She was in the Lyons Elementary School Gifted and Talented program, and attended Lyons Middle School. Currently she is a senior at Niwot High School. Kristen says, “I am beyond grateful to have grown up here and felt a community as strong as this one. I have loved writing poetry since I first started reading and studying it on a regular basis during my years at Lyons middle school. At Niwot, I have a column in the school newspaper where I analyze poems from The Poetry Foundation, or sometimes feature student poetry. But I have my own collection of over 50 poems. I write poems about social issues, nature, and emotion as well as other themes.”