The Empty Nest

The empty bed
The teddy bear
Do not linger
I am not here

Please do not cry
I will return
In just eight weeks
It'll be half term

About the Poem

In England, it is still not uncommon for boys to be sent away to boarding school at the tender age of seven. Strangely, it is often the mothers who cry themselves to sleep at night, while the boys take on the characteristics of the feral castaways in Lord of the Flies.


Down with School


Rhyming poem


8 lines

Key Stage

KS1, KS2, KS3


Patrick Winstanley

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