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I remember when we were are at school
Some thought the English teacher a fool
For every summer holiday 
This is what he had to say

I need an essay seven pages long
On your summer holidays done right not wrong
As for me the challenge was great 
In seven weeks what could I create?

I wrote a diary everyday 
Of what I did whilst out at play
In London Scarborough and in Leeds
At this essay I would succeed

I wrote about the sports I played 
Football, rounder’s, and cricket all my talents displayed
Riding bikes round Wrekin view
Just everything I had to do

To compress it into seven pages 
Would simply have just taken ages
So I settled for eleven
My holidays sounding just like heaven

So I took it into school
Handed it in I felt so cool
Five pages was all some had done
But mine was the largest one

I had to wait a week for the result
It came as quite a great insult
Yeates come here the teacher said
I walked to him in fear and dread

Do you not like me he asked askance?
As the papers hit me and made me do a funny dance
Why I said of course sir I do
What makes you think I don’t like you?

You tried to kill me with that essay
Could not get a breath no punctuation I say
Go home and put it right tonight
I thought that was a dreadful plight

So my mum sat down with me
Taught me to punctuate did she
I took it back the very next day
Was told to leave it and go away

At the next English lesson I did attend
The teacher from the front did send
My holiday essay back to me 
An A+ on the page for all to see

I never got an A+ again
For punctuation is a Bain
In my life I have no care
I leave out punctuation everywhere

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  1. Date: 1/13/2013 2:08:00 PM
    My punctuation ability is almost nill !! I loathe it at times that I could not catch on to when to use a comma, a colon, a simi-colon...etc, etc... I seldom use it in poetry for that fact though some have felt the need to chastise Enjoyed your tale !!

  1. Date: 1/12/2013 2:33:00 AM
    LOL. Too funny, Owen. Such a carefree, free spirited you are. That's why. No punctuation for you! Love it. Have a great weekend!

  1. Date: 1/6/2013 10:17:00 PM
    This is so good :) I love your work Owen. I am really bad at

  1. Date: 1/6/2013 6:35:00 PM
    Oh Oh ; This sounds like me. Your poem is good. I loved it. Thanks for sharing. Lucilla

  1. Date: 1/6/2013 2:51:00 AM
    Loved it! Great style!

  1. Date: 1/5/2013 9:49:00 AM
    Great problem for many but you have turned a problem into a delightful poem..Enjoyed reading this morn..My husband had a problem with spelling..I have always had to check his work for him until spelling chek...Thanks for stopping by..Your presence at my work was uplifting..Sara

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  1. Date: 1/4/2013 3:29:00 PM
    Owen very good write you have here, I like this a lot...David

  1. Date: 1/4/2013 12:31:00 PM
    This is a fun poem. And for the record, I do not punctuate any of my poems.

  1. Date: 1/3/2013 9:54:00 PM
    Some memory Owen. i had a good time reading your poem and comparing the dance. ~Luv*SKAT

  1. Date: 1/3/2013 1:29:00 PM
    hahaha, you silly guy, please don't leave out the punctuation, this English teacher beseeches you! My son was like you. He hated punctuation. He finally ended up in college and ultimately law school and by the time he approached his last year in college, he recognized how important it was for his future career. He went online and taught himself with the exercises they showed. I was very happy about that! (I bet your essay was very nice and readable once punctuated. hahaha)

  1. Date: 1/3/2013 12:59:00 PM
    Oh gosh I wish I knew where to put it Owen love this xx

  1. Date: 1/3/2013 12:38:00 PM long ago .......... - well written Owen. - xoxo / / Anne-Lise :)