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It’s The First Day Of No School!


An Empty Nest Poem by Tommy G


It’s here! It’s finally here!

The first day of school!

The first day of the year!


There’s so much to do.

Try not to make a fuss.

And we can’t miss the school bus!


But wait.

Something is different this year.

Where are the children?

They’re not here!


There are no children to wake.

And no lunches to make.


That’s right!

They’re all grown!

Off to college, or other adventures all their own.


So now what?

What do you do?


Do you sit around and mope?

Give up hope?

Possibly even bawl?

Absolutely not!

Well, maybe for a day or two.

You’re only human, after all.


But after that, enough.

Time to get tough.


Time to see what this can truly mean.

Peace. Quiet. Freedom. A house that’s truly clean!


A love to renew.

That long-delayed dream you can finally pursue.

That promise to yourself you can finally keep.

Or maybe just a good night’s sleep.


Just try to remember, whatever you choose

This is honestly, truly good news.


Indeed, it’s time for the children to go.

Because guess what? Now it’s your turn to grow.




  1. September 1st, 2014


    I loved it when mine went to college. It’s great when they come home, and great when they leave again. And although unlike some fictional characters, I read a lot when I was a kid, yet there were books I slithered out of reading in HS and college. When my kids went away, I started a book group, and now I’ve read them (Moby Dick, War and Peace, and the best: Middlemarch).

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