Canceled Until Further Notice

by Bruce Lansky
I’m calling you up to inform you:
My birthday’s been canceled today.
I’m sorry to give such short notice.
By my parents have said, “There’s no way!”

I’m sorry to cause you such trouble.
I made such a stupid mistake.
Last night when I should have been sleeping,
I ate up my whole birthday cake.

So, don’t bother coming to see me.
I’m grounded. My room is my jail.
And now that I’ve told you I’m sorry,
please send me my present by mail.


Text © Bruce Lansky reprinted from Happy Birthday to Me!, published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Jack Lindstrom. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.

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