Today I woke up in the morning and found…
That strangely, the Earth had ceased to be round
It seemed the heavens in their wisdom decided
That circular shaped planets were quite misguided
A square setting is the way it should be
All the occupants living in a box-like TV
I tried rising from bed but immediately fell down
Rolling on the floor, I felt quite the clown
Holding the bedstead, I managed to stand
My morning adventures had never been this grand
If I could stand easily when the earth was round,
then in its square state, why must I fall to the ground?
This question played uppermost in my mind
as my mother entered the room to begin the day’s grind
A rope tied ‘round her waist, the end held in her hand
This contraption it seemed, was helping her stand
Feeding me a tall glass of milk was her mission,
No matter the circumstances, she wouldn’t change this tradition
“Mum!” I said, “what’s happening here?!”
Pulling the rope tight, she replied, “don’t worry, my dear!
This happens every ninth year, on the fourth Saturday of January.
Us grown-ups are used to this- it’s really not scary.
There’s a rope beneath your bed, tie it round your waist,
It’ll help you move around. Quick, make haste!”
Apparently with a heavy binding tight round my core,
This new Earth’s convoluted gravity wouldn’t make my head sore
As an 8-year-old, I’d never seen this wonder
Never known of Earth’s quirky, phenomenal blunder
“In that case, is there a holiday from school?”
I hoped against hope, playing the fool
“Of course not, my dear! Today is your English test
No matter the situation, you must give it your best.”
I groaned, inwardly thinking, “this just isn’t cool!
What’s the point of the Earth being square, if we don’t get off from school!”
Struggling with the rope, I asked mom to help me
Instead of tying it up, however, she began to shove and shake me
“Wake up! It’s past 7 am. Wake up, Gul!
You’re once again going to be late for school!”
As I rose from that delirious dream
I realised my mind had designed an elaborate scheme
To skip the dreaded English test today
But no dream could keep harsh reality at bay
Secretly though I was happy, as I stood with my feet on the ground
That the Earth was still firm and steadfastly round!
I hope you enjoyed my attempt at creative poetry from a child’s point of view. Do share this poem with others that may enjoy it and read it to your little ones too!
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