The First Day of School
By Judith Viorst
Will they let me go when I need to
go to the bathroom?
And what if I get lost on my way
back to class?
And what if all the other kids are
a hundred, a thousand, a million
times smarter than I am?
And what if we have a spelling test,
Or a reading test, or an...
anything test, and I'm the only
person who doesn't pass?
And what if the teacher decides
that she doesn't like me?
And what if, all of a sudden,
a tooth gets loose?
And what if I can't find my lunch,
or I sit on my lunch, or I (oops!)
drop my lunch down someplace
like the toilet?
Will they just let me starve or will
somebody lend me a sandwich?
A cookie? A cracker? An apple?
And what if they say, "Do this,"
and I don't understand them?
And what if there's teams, and
nobody picks me to play?
And what if I took off my sneakers,
and also my socks, and also my
jeans, and my sweatshirt and T-shirt,
And started the first day of school
on the second day?