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A poem to my daughter on her first day of school

Izzie started school today and we all managed to get through it without any tears - hooray! As Izzie LOVES to rhyme I wrote this for her. Another example of my very bad but love-filled poetry!

The day has come, it’s finally here,
The wait is over, the school gate is near.
Over-sized uniform, navy blue,
Looking so grown up, is it really you?

Almost five, a baby no more,
Excited yet anxious, we open the door,
Book bag in hand, we step in together,
Side by side, a moment to treasure.

A quick kiss and a cuddle as we say goodbye.
I quickly head home and try not to cry.
For I could not be prouder of you,
All that you are and all that you do.

Independent. Determined.  A right chatterbox.
My little genius in knee-high white socks.
I love you sweetie more than you’ll ever know,

But it’s your first day at school so off you must go.
(KE September 2016)


  1. Oh starting school is such an emotional time - I had my first day at school last year. This is a lovely poem, emotion captured and evoking memories. I hope she has a good week next week, and you didn't cry too much (I did and mine is now in Year 1!!)

    1. Hope your little one is enjoying year one :) Izzie is getting on brilliantly but very tired!!

  2. Lovely poem. I hope she enjoyed her first week and has settled in. Oversized uniform. So true. #wotw

  3. Aww! Such a big moment....
    Lovely poem x

  4. Love the poem! So sweet! #wotw

  5. Great poem. Hope she has a great academic year. #WotW

  6. Such a gorgeous poem, and photo! Glad it's going well x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  7. That is so sweet!! :D My daughter started Y1 this year.

    Found you in #KCACOLS group

  8. Aww this is a lovely poem to mark the occasion. Hope she is enjoying school x

  9. Ah I know this feeling! Lovely poem which captures the emotion so well. xx #prose4t

  10. Ooh, that took me back three years to when my daughter went to school. Your poem says exactly what I thought and felt. Brilliant :) Prose4thought

  11. This is beautiful - what a lovely thing for your daughter to look back on too. Thank you so much for linking to Prose for Thought x