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, and then was published again in my poetry book, To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme? (Glimmer Press, 2019).

48 thoughts on “I’m The First!

  1. Dear Kristin,

    I feel shocked because it is 3am and as she got up before the sun. I don’t like to get up that early!!


  2. I’m always up before any of my siblings, but throughout my whole life, I’m pretty sure I’ve never woken up 4h before them, especially on a school day!

  3. Truly I and 8 but wake up early morning arround 5 and make my parents and grandparents and brother’s tea and open curtains. But never alone only with my ma as I am scared to go to kitchen alone. Am I good girl like you?

  4. For a minute I thought that you were the first person born in the family. I don’t have any siblings. Today I woke up at 12 o’clock pm! I know I am so late but then I realized that it was the holidays and that I can sleep all I want. I like this poem a lot.


  5. Hi Kristin
    I’m never the first in my family, I’m actually always the last. Everyone is always waiting for me, every time we go somewhere. I think it’s very funny.
    From Lysha

  6. Being first is not the best all the time because you might be asked to attempt something you’ve never done before. I once woke up at 3 O’clock in the morning on a school day but I wassn’t asked to go back to bed.

  7. Hi Kristin,

    This poem made me laugh and I really enjoyed it. I suggest this poem should go under silly poems.
    The picture shows my favourite breakfast. Kristin, is Ellie your sister?


    • Hi Dinidu,

      Thanks for another lovely comment. My poems are mostly fictional, so Ellie is not my sister. I do know a girl called Ellie, so that is why I used the name.


  8. to kristin
    i found this poem very funny because this happen to me once
    but since than i always sleep in just in case it was 3 o’clock in the morning
    from charlotte

    • Hi Charlotte,

      I’m glad you thought my poem was funny. I think lots of people have gotten up early thinking it was morning, but, like you, they only do it once!


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