Guest Post: The Unbeginning of Summer Vacation


Here’s a poem by graduated 5th grader Jake that I think is perfect for the start of summer vacation. And here’s to hoping that the summer is neverending–in a good way, that is!

The Unbeginning
May 12, 2009

This is the unbeginning
Or is this the beginning end?
We might never know
It’s hard starting at the un-beginning
because we’re starting at the beginning-end
Or is this just the end?
It is not the end
This is the un-beginning
But now, the beginning is the unbeginning of the end
Once you think about the unbeginning
It’s the real un-end
It’s the un-beginning and the un-end
Once you think about it we’re starting in the middle
But now the middle is the un-end




  1. Lorraine said,

    June 10, 2009 at 5:18 am

    Hail to the poet! Well it all makes sense to me! Down here we start at the almost-beginning and end at the nearly-end so time follows a nice logical pattern for us!
    With three weeks to go until winter break my class is slowly slipping( or trying to slip into) into “holiday mode” and hoping I won’t notice. I, on the other hand, am slipping frantically into end-of-term assessment and report writing mode. There’s so much to complete and so little time that the cherubs have absolutely no hope of slacking off early!!

    • Lorraine said,

      June 10, 2009 at 5:18 am

      Whoops! just read the post and saw the typo. First line should read..”Hail to the POET”!!

    • scheirmad said,

      June 10, 2009 at 9:49 am

      You have a much better grasp than I–it made me think of the paradox where the snake eats its own tail.

      Good luck keeping those little brains focused!

  2. scheirmad said,

    June 10, 2009 at 9:46 am

    I fixed it for you!

    • Lorraine said,

      June 12, 2009 at 7:45 pm

      Thank you!:-)

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