A Balanced Diet

by Robert Scotellaro
I eat a balanced diet,
I do it day and night—
a pound of brownies on my left,
a pound upon my right.

And filling up my right hand,
with clear and certain heft,
a twelve-ounce bag of jellybeans.
The same is on my left.

A candy cane in one hand,
and likewise in the other.
There are equal sweets on either side,
a big frown from my mother.

I eat a balanced diet,
but mother disagrees.
I just don’t understand it.
She’s so darned hard to please!

Text © Robert Scotellaro reprinted from Miles of Smiles, published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Stephen Carpenter. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.

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