I’m a Little Mixed-up

by Eric Ode
(Sing to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)

I’m a little mixed-up. That’s a fact.
Coat hooks are empty. Chairs have been stacked.
No one’s in the classroom. Something’s wrong.
I guess I hid in the john too long.

I’m a little mixed-up. This I know.
Where is my teacher? Where did she go?
When she gave a math test to the class,
I snuck away with a bathroom pass.

I’m a little mixed-up. That’s my fate.
Here is my classroom. Here’s where I’ll wait.
Maybe I was late, but I’m no fool:
On Monday, I’ll be the first at school.


Text © Eric Ode 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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