Nineteen before-school conversations

honey,
before you head to school, remember:

pencils
homework
lunch (don't forget it like last time)
(and don't just trade it for pizza again)
and don't forget to wear your new shoes
(I don't have to remind you about that, do I,
look at you grinning at them)

and remember the lockdown drills

did you pack your permission slip for next week?

and remember to tell me you love me,
because you never know

(yes I will kiss you on the cheek in front of your friends,
because you never know)

remember to duck and cover

throw things to create a distraction,
it might give your classmates a better chance of coming home

remember to come home

please

I beg you

remember to come home today