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Please cite all poem references: “Excerpt from ‘Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain’ by Barbara Vance.” Thank you!

Surprise

They rolled their eyes and groaned
And quickly grabbed their books,
Flipping through the pages
For a few last, fleeting looks.

They grumbled and they cringed,
And all gave evil eyes;
They whispered to their neighbors;
They filled the room with sighs.

“I knew that this would happen”
Could be heard throughout the room;
And they sharpened up their pencils,
As they all foresaw their doom.

They squawked and moaned and sniveled—
They made every sound there is—
The day their teacher told them
They’d be having a pop quiz.

~ Barbara Vance

Excerpt from the poetry collection “Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain”

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Please cite all poem references: “Excerpt from ‘Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain’ by Barbara Vance.” Thank you!

White Noise

In all the world
There’s nothing like
The sound of falling snow –

The only noise
I’ve ever known
That makes the clocks move slow.

The only sound
That sweeps away
The din of city streets,

And wraps around,
In soft embrace,
’Most everyone it meets.

A sound that’s not
A sound at all –
A quiet, soft and dear,

That comforts all
The sleepy souls
Who sit, and watch, and hear.

~ Barbara Vance

Excerpt from the poetry collection “Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain”

Also Available at:

  • Barnes and Noble
  • Books a Million
  • Powells
  • Walmart
  • and elsewhere . . .

Wholesalers

  • Follett Library Resources
  • Brodart
  • Baker & Taylor

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