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School's out

Story ID:6503
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA USA
Year:1936
Person:Barefoot Chelsea Kansas Kid
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School's out

Schools out
(Foot Loose and Fancy Free, that’s Me)

From September
Until May
Nine months cooped up
On that final day

The shoes were put in the closet
Now only to be worn to church
The good feeling of going barefoot
Not worrying about getting hurt

Walking on those country roads
On many I have traveled
Easy walking on sand and dirt
Not so easy when they’re graveled

Careful now
While walking through the pasture
Watch out for stickers and sandburrs
While chasing grasshoppers to capture

For fishing on that muddy bank
To be used for bait
Mud squishing up through your toes
You could hardly wait

While washing your bare feet in the stream
Standing on those slippery rocks
You watched for leeches and snakes
As across the shallow stream you walk

After Supper
The last thing Mom said
“Wash those dirty feet and legs
Before you go to bed.”

Oh to have that feeling of freedom
Of those days when I was kid
Of all those crazy, lazy days
To again do the things I did-----

Monte L. Manka 11-06-10