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Hello Friends! Welcome to our May OpenLinkNight. This is my first time tending bar for OpenLink here at dVerse; and let me tell you, I am looking forward to seeing what everyone presents here today! But first, let’s talk.

The end of May always makes me think of the end of the school year for the summer. I know some schools are out already, but my grandchildren still have another few weeks to go. I used to be a teacher, and I know we have some teacher poets among us as well who are undoubtedly waiting for their summer vacation to begin. Then there are the parents of eager children anxious to finish their school year. Actually I would guess many of these children’s minds are already on the summer ahead and schoolwork is on the ‘back burner.’ Perhaps these children are thinking about playing Little League baseball, soccer, swimming lessons, going fishing, or the family vacation. And teenagers might look forward to a summer job. I think parents often have mixed feelings about the end of the school year. Some are anxious to have their children home and more time to enjoy activities with them, but others think it will be a long, hot summer and don’t know how their children will amuse themselves.

The end of each school year always gives me a feeling of excitement. Actually all my life I lived by the school calendar. First as a student, later as a teacher. My life was sometimes more measured by school years than by calendar years. The old year always ended in June when summer began. And the new year began when school started in September. But during those ten weeks of summer vacation existed pure bliss. Ha, and truthfully, though I no longer teach, I still feel the same way. I want to celebrate with the children and say, “Hurrah. School’s out. Let summer begin!”

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Perhaps in the comments today it might be interesting for us to share with one another ideas about school holidays, summer vacation. How do you feel about them today as an adult? How did you feel about them when you were a child? What did you most enjoy doing as a child during summer holidays when you were young? If you have children, what do they most enjoy doing today? I know we have poets from all over the world here. So I look forward to hearing what it was like in your childhood and is like today during school holiday times where you live.

Now let’s share some poetry!

• Post your poem to your blog

• Add a link to your poem via the ‘Mr Linky’ below

• Read and comment on other people’s work to let them know it’s being read

• Share via your favorite social media platforms

• Above all- have fun!