I Finished My Homework

by Kenn Nesbitt
I finished my homework.
It took me all night.
I tried to make sure
I got everything right.


I read every chapter
the teacher assigned.
My eyes grew so bleary
I nearly went blind.


I studied each problem
until my eyes burned.
Researched each detail,
leaving no stone unturned.


I finished my reading
and got out my pen
and pulled up a chair
at my desk in the den.


I answered each question.
I checked every one.
I wrote out my essays.
At last I was done.


By eight in the morning
I’d run out of fuel.
I packed up my backpack
and headed to school.


I handed the teacher
my homework, and then
I noticed, in horror,
I’d used the wrong pen.


The teacher looked puzzled.
I felt my heart sink.
I’d used my trick pen
with invisible ink.


Text © Kenn Nesbitt, published by Meadowbrook Press.

Illustration © Mike Gordon.

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