Say What?

by Bruce Lansky

One fine October morning
in April, last July,
the moon fell on my window,
the rain shone in the sky.

The flowers sang quite sweetly.
The birds were in full bloom.
I dumped the neighbor’s garbage
inside our dining room.

My parents always praise me
for sneaking out of school.
They tell me not to study,
so I won’t be a fool.

My favorite food is spinach.
It makes my muscles small.
Each day I’m growing shorter—
soon I’ll be eight feet tall!

I’m saving up my money
to throw it all away.
I hope this poem annoys you,
so have a happy day.


Text © Bruce Lansky, reprinted from My Dog Ate My Homework published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Stephen Carpenter. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.

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