When I was small I was not tall
In school I placed the third of all
We had to stand up every day
Beside our desks to pledge and pray !
That’s how our schoolday would begin
“Stand up erect and do not grin”,
We wrote in ink with nib and pen
And studied with our texts open !
We raised our hands to speak out loud
There was no chaos in that crowd
For discipline was number one
We studied hard and still had fun !
I miss the ways we used to learn
Each grade we got, we truly earned
While now the grades have no import
They’re given as a last resort !