I pledge allegiance to the floor,
the walls and ceiling, classroom door.
I pledge allegiance to my books,
to desk and papers, coat-rack hooks.
I pledge allegiance to my bag,
to Joni's pigtails-and the flag.
Text © Timothy Tocher, reprinted from If
Kids Ruled the School published by Meadowbrook Press.
Illustration © Stephen Carpenter. Any copying or use
of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.