I've Been Sitting in Detention

by Bruce Lansky
(Sing to the tune of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”)

I’ve been sitting in detention
since the end of school.
I’ve been sitting in detention
just because I broke a rule.

Throwing meatballs in the lunchroom
wasn’t wise, I fear.
I was aiming at the trash can,
not my teacher’s rear.

Teacher let me know
when you’ll let me go.
Please don’t keep me here all ni-i-ight.
I apologize—
throwing food’s not wise.
Don’t keep me here all night.

I am going to sneak out of detention
if you will not let me go-o-o-o.
I am going to sneak out of detention,
so, teacher, let me go.

Text © Bruce Lansky reprinted from I’ve Been Burping in the Classroom published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Stephen Carpenter. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.

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