I’m The First!

This morning
I got up first!

I was up before my mum.
She looked so funny
with her mouth open and her hair sticking up.

I got up before Dad.
He was stretched out under the green quilt
like a crocodile.

I was awake before Ellie
sleeping silently on her tummy
and Raffles, curled up at the end of her bed.

I was even up
before the sun!

I got dressed
in my school uniform
without being asked

poured a bowl of cornflakes
all by myself
and sat down in the dark kitchen to eat

when Dad came in, rubbing his eyes,
and growled, “It’s 3 o’clock in the morning!
Go back to bed!”



This poem was first published in Countdown, Issue No. 4, The School Magazine, May 2018.

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