Tutoring My Grandson During Lockdown. A poem by Margaret O’Driscoll

Noah stayed over with me during lockdown
I aimed to create an oasis of calm
An hour on weekdays allocated to study
A continuation of education, a routine

I checked the weekly work plan for his class
English, writing answers to questions on each page
History included studying ancient civilizations
Geography, countries, weather patterns, climate change

Maths, solving problems, subtraction,
fractions, addition, telling the time
Friday was test day on all subjects
The reward, ten cents for each correct reply

Each evening, story time, relaxing
Saturday night, movie time, unwind
Exercise everyday, nature walks
Exploring, learning science, having fun

It had been years since I home tutored
I praised him for both effort and results
A curious mind always seeks to enquire
Hoping lockdown study leaves a legacy of love


Margaret O’Driscoll lives in West Cork, Ireland and is a mother of seven and grandmother to thirteen. She published her first collection of poetry in 2016 and since then her work has appeared worldwide. Her poetry has been translated into many different languages and she has been invited to read at international literary festivals in several countries including India, Albania and Uzbekistan.

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