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Limerick Poems About A Lesson Learned About School

A limerick regarding my school days (or should I say fooling around playing truant days). It's only later on in life you realize a good education is the key to success.

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It's only now that I'm older I realise my school years were the best days of my life. If only I could turn back time.

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Listen To Mum

John P. Read © more by John P. Read

Published by Family Friend Poems August 2019 with permission of the Author.

I remember when I was small and cool,
I was always playing truant from school.
My mum used to say,
"You'll regret it one day
When you grow up to become a fool."

Now I'm old; the damage is done.
How I wish I'd listened to Mum.
If I could turn back time,
I'd study hard and toe the line
Instead of acting foolish and dumb.

Now let that be a lesson to one and all
That life is more than just having a ball.
It was great having fun
When I was young,
But I wish I'd spent more time in the school hall.



John Peter Read was born in the East End of London in 1948. He was brought up by his Nan and mother, as his father left home when he was 5 years old. At the age of 15, John left school with just a basic education. While in school, he wrote little rhymes just for fun. A couple of his religious poems were published by the Christian church in...

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  • Kumari Weerasooriya by Kumari Weerasooriya
  • 4 years ago

An interesting poem which warns the young who try playing truant. It is something found common in many, but some go beyond the limits. For such children, this poem conveys a valuable message.

Hi Kumari. I was one of those who certainly pushed the limits. I now regret all those days of not attending school. I have learned life's lesson the hard way.

  • SWARUP MONDAL by SWARUP MONDAL, Kandi, Murshidabad, West Bengal, India
  • 4 years ago

The poem reminds me of my school days. What a beautiful place was the school. I hardly remember my friends who are now settled in different places. If I were a school boy, I'd enjoy again. Thank you, beloved poet.

It's only now that I'm older I realise my school years were the best days of my life. If only I could turn back time.

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