Angelica the Beautiful

by Bruce Lansky

(sing to the tune of “America the Beautiful”)

Angelica’s so beautiful,
her teeth are pearly white.
And when she smiles, I turn to mush.
She’s such a stunning sight.
It’s true I have a crush on her,
of that there is no doubt.
That’s why I tease her every day—
so no one will find out.

One day when we walked home from school,
she slipped her hand in mine.
I thought that was sending me
a clear romantic sign.
I smiled and gave her cheek a kiss
to prove my love was true.
That’s when she gave my face a slap.
So now it’s black-and-blue.


Text © Bruce Lansky, reprinted from My Teacher’s in Detention, forthcoming from Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Stephen Carpenter. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.

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