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A Little Something for Teachers 1

Here are some poems especially for students at the primary and secondary levels.

Teachers, you may use them to get your students to understand the value of time.

You may also use them to enrich your poetry class at the beginning of the school year.


Chat Chat Chat

Chat, chat, chat
The way to go,
Work, work, work
No, no, no!
Time ever passing
Children ever chatting
Having their way
Bringing constant delay.

The cry of the teacher
Goes unheeded,
His instruction
Apparently not needed,
But time tells,
It always does
When children continue
With their incessant buzz.

If I had known
I would have grown
To appreciate
The time I had,
Having wasted it
On my useless act,
I am a failure
And that’s a fact!

Stewart Russell © 1999






The Time Is Now

No Longer should I ponder
Or sit around and wonder,
When time is swiftly sifting through my hand.
For, warned about my waste
I need to make great haste,
And join the happy working band.

The day is quickly passing
While I am lazily basking,
As I watch the time slip away from my grasp.
Then, as night appear
I tremble with fear;
I haven’t even completed my task.

Oh, if I had known
Is the painful groan,
As I look back on the day I have wasted.
But all I can do
Is hope I can pursue
The task that I had, but never completed.

Let me take time now
To idleness not bow,
But strive until the task I have done.
I know I will succeed
Once good advice I heed,
And run until the race I have won.

 Stewart Russell © 1999





Time wasting

"Stop wasting time!"
The teacher shouted from her desk.
"Or else you'll be a fool
Right here in this school."

Waste not, want not,
Is the golden rule.
The time you waste in delay,
You mightn't get another day.

"So sit up!" she reminded,
"And pay attention this minute,
'Cause time doesn't go on forever;
Everyone has his limit."

Stewart Russell © 1999





Time is very precious

Time is very precious,
God gave it to me;
To enjoy life to the fullest
While being busy like a bee.

Showing off my talents,
As I work for Him each day;
Helping friend and foe alike
As I move along life’s way.

Time waits on no man,
The saying is so very true;
And now before it runs out for me,
I’ll make the best of it. Won’t you?

Stewart Russell ©1999





Time for everything

A time to work and a time to play,
A time to eat and a time to pray;
A time for everything under the sun,
Each in its place until all are done.

There’s time and place for everything,
A time to study and a time to sing;
When all are done there’s time to rest,
Satisfied that we have done our best.

Now is the time, get the order right;
Opportunity now, is soon out of sight.
So, do your best, whatever the test,
Give it your all, God will do the rest.

Stewart Russell © 1999





I need not do it now

I need not do it now,
I’ll manage later, somehow;
Why stop my fun
When later I can get it done?

I’ve lots and lots of time,
Do it later! That’s no crime;
So, for the time being,
No schoolwork I’ll be seeing.

Is that the thing to do?
Put off work till you’re through
Doing some unimportant task
Just wasting time in class?

With me you will agree,
Sooner or later, you will see
Time lost cannot  be regain,
All your effort will be in vain.

So, pull yourself together,
Work while there’s good weather;
There will be time for fun
As soon as the task is done.

Stewart Russell © 1999