‘Twas the night before school starts and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, except for a mouse.
The backpacks were hung by the back door with care,
In hopes that the school bus soon would be there.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter!
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But my psychotic mother doing a cheer!
“Now Madi, now Ivy, now Scotty, it’s time!
To get on the bus so the days will be MINE!
To the top of the porch, into the school walls!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
She was dressed in her pjs from her head to her toe,
And didn’t seem to care that the neighbors would know.
Her eyes, how they circled. Her wrinkles, how scary!
Her cheeks were, like, flapping, her nose like a cherry!
She had a broad face and a big round rear,
That shook like jelly as she belted her cheer.
A wink of her eye and a shimmy of her head,
Soon gave me to know I had so much to dread.
She spoke too many words, and went straight to her work,
And filled all the backpacks, then turned with a jerk.
And laying a finger inside of her nose,
And giving a flick, up the hallway she rose.
She sprang to her bed and gave out a giggle.
And into her pillow and blankets did wiggle.
But I heard her exclaim, ‘ere she snuggled out of sight,
“Happy School Year to all, and to all a good night!”