"When I Was a Baby" Poetry Theater
 
A poem in two voices
 
“The Teachers’ Show” Poetry Theater

Adapted from the poem by Bruce Lansky in If Pigs Could Fly…And Other Deep Thoughts, published by Meadowbrook Press.

 

Summary: A child wonders why his mother no longer likes to hear him burp.

 

Presentation Suggestions: Have the students read or perform the poem in front of the class. Have the students act out the different lines while they read them.

 

Props: Real or fake food would be great, but they’re optional for performing the poem.

 

Delivery: The lines of the poem need to be read with poetic rhythm. For more information on poetic rhythm and how to perform poetry in classroom, please read the Performing Poetry section under the Teacher’s Resources.

 

Characters:

Narrator

Mother

 


 

When I Was a Baby

 

Narrator:

 

When I was a baby, I burped a good deal,

most often just after a rather good meal.

 

I burped after carrots. I burped after peas.

I burped after crackers. I burped after cheese.

 

Whenever I burped, it was quite a sensation.

My mother applauded my brilliant creation.

 

She oohed

 

Mother:

 

Ooh!

 

Narrator:

 

and she aahed.

 

Mother:

 

Aah!

 

Narrator:

 

She clucked

 

Mother:

 

(Clucks tongue)

 

Narrator:

 

and she cooed.

 

Mother:

 

(Coos)

 

Narrator:

 

But now when I burp mother shouts,

 

Mother (shouting):

 

“YOU’RE SO RUDE!!!”

 

© 2000 by Bruce Lansky. Adapted from the poem in If Pigs Could Fly…And Other Deep Thoughts, published by Meadowbrook Press. This classroom theater play version of “When I Was A Baby” is © 2008 by Meadowbrook Press.

Permission is given for individual school classes to perform this play and to make as many copies of the play as are needed for the students’ use. All other reproduction and performance is prohibited under penalty of law. For use of this play outside individual classes, please contact info@meadowbrookpress.com for permission.

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“If Pigs Could Fly…And Other Deep Thoughts”