Mind Your Manners

by Bruce Lansky
Don’t drum on the table.
Don’t play with your food.
Don’t talk while you’re chewing;
it’s terribly rude.

Don’t leave the fridge open.
Don’t slam the screen door.
Don’t throw dirty laundry
all over the floor.

Don’t fight with your brother.
Don’t pull the cat’s tail.
Don’t open your big sister’s
personal mail.

Don’t pester your parents.
Don’t stick out your tongue.
Don’t do what your parents did
when they were young.


Text © Bruce Lansky, reprinted from Rolling in the Aisles published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Stephen Carpenter. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.

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