Falling Asleep in Class

by Kenn Nesbitt

I fell asleep in class today,
as I was awfully bored.
I laid my head upon my desk
and closed my eyes and snored.

I woke to find a piece of paper
sticking to my face.
I’d slobbered on my textbooks,
and my hair was a disgrace.

My clothes were badly rumpled,
and my eyes were glazed and red.
My binder left a three-ring
indentation in my head.

I slept through class, and probably
I would have slept some more,
except my students woke me
as they headed out the door.


Text © Kenn Nesbitt, reprinted from If Kids Ruled the School published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Stephen Carpenter. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.


The Story Behind the Poem:
One way I find ideas sometimes is to look at illustrations in books and to write about what I think the illustration is saying, rather than about whatever is written on the page. The idea for this poem came from an illustration in the book No More Homework! No More Tests! It was a picture of a very tired teacher. I never looked at the poem on that page, but instead decided to write about a teacher who was so tired that she fell asleep in class.

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