“Whatever happened to Wally the Werk?”
“At school he seemed - well, like a bit of a berk”
“He wasted his time at school in our class
And how the poor teachers he loved to harass.”
“He was boring, was stupid and a bit of a wimp.”
“He was lazy and crazy with hair long and limp!”
“I never knew Wally to polish his shoes.”
“When other folk worked, he’d be having a snooze.”
“So, what did become, then, of Wally the Werk?”
When I tell you the truth, you really will smirk,
For Wally’s done well – he’s a millionaire!
So if you are a wally, you mustn’t despair.
* This was one of 344 poems chosen for publication in 2010
by teachers in many different schools across West Yorkshire.