Willie the Burper

by Bill Dodds
Some kids can talk like Donald Duck,
some kids know how to chirp.
But Willie J. can swallow air
and then rip off a burp.

He’ll belch at home and in the car
and at his grandma’s, too.
His grandpa always laughs and says,
“That’s what I used to do.”

“It’s not my fault,” he tells his mom,
“that they’re inside of me.
I feel them run around down there
and want to set them free.”

It’s hard to say what causes this,
but there’s no use to try.
I wonder how a zillion burps
fit in this little guy.

Text © Bill Dodds reprinted from Kids Pick the Funniest Poems, published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Stephen Carpenter. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.

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