Bring Your Own Lunch

by Bruce Lansky

Don’t eat school lunches—
not even a lick.
They might make you nauseous.
They might make you sick.

Just take a small bite and
you’ll start to feel ill.
If the veggies don’t get you,
the meatloaf sure will.


Text © Bruce Lansky, reprinted from No More Homework! No More Tests! published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Stephen Carpenter. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.


The Story Behind the Poem:
When I visit schools, I’m often offered a free lunch in the cafeteria. In some schools, the food is a lot better than I would expect. But in others, I take one look, then suggest to the principal that we "Go out for lunch."

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