• By Janice Canerdy

Go Now and Play


Go out now, children, while you can and play.

The time to romp and frolic will not last.

Drink Kool-Aid under shade trees while you may.


Sing simple songs of summer, dance and sway.

Tomorrow might be glum and overcast.

Go out now, children, while you can and play.


Time’s flies. Take to the yard without delay.

Turn off the TV. Won’t Mom look aghast?

Drink Kool-Aid under shade trees while you may.


Turn on the sprinkler. Welcome its cold spray.

Play hide-and-seek, and have yourselves a blast!

Go out now, children, while you can and play.


“Tomorrow—chance of rain,” forecasters say.

It’s nine o’clock. The morning’s going fast.

Drink Kool-Aid under shade trees while you may.

Your parents watch and smile on such a day,

recalling joyous summer months long past.

Go out now, children, while you can and play.

Drink Kool-Aid under shade trees while you may.


Janice is a retired English teacher from Potts Camp, Mississippi.