Friday, April 2, 2010

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and I would like to share a fun poem by one of my favorite children's authors, Shel Silverstein.

by Shel Silverstein

"I cannot go to school today,"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
"I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I'm going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I've counted sixteen chicken pox
And there's one more--that's seventeen,
And don't you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut--my eyes are blue--
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I'm sure that my left leg is broke--
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button's caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained,
My 'pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb.
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is--what?
What's that? What's that you say?
You say today is. . .Saturday?
G'bye, I'm going out to play!"


  1. Ahaha, that's a good one! Very clever. That's exactly how I picture a lot of kids acting.

    from Une Parole

  2. Kids, and some grown-ups too! Thanks for visiting.

  3. Arrived here via the Book Blogger Hop, saved the url in delicious. I love Shel Silverstein. If you like his poems, try The Tighty Whitey Spider by Kenn Nesbitt. Very funny and similar.

  4. Callista, I had never heard of Kenn Nesbitt, and I just checked out this book on amazon. Looks SO good - the three poems listed there are hilarious! Thanks for the heads up - I have to get this one!