My brother and family gave Catherine a 25th Anniversary Edition of Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. Catherine went straight for the CD that goes with the book, and instantly fell in love with the poems. Yesterday, she asked to take the book with her to school. [Mom smiling]. She carried it to the bus stop and read “Sick” while we waited for her bus to come. [beaming Mom] Then, after school, she came barreling in the door …
Mom, Guess what?! Mrs. D. asked me to read a poem to the W-H-O-L-E class! I read “Sick”! Mrs. Dasked to keep the book so she could read more of it. Isn’t that awesome?
[Mom dancing a jig!] So in honor of my poetry-loving daughter, I thought I’d share “Sick” … the irony of the poem and going to school just adds to my giggles about the whole thing!
“I cannot go to school today,”
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox
And there’s one more–that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?
To read the rest of the poem, head over to poets.org.
Tricia Stohr-Hunt has today’s awesome Poetry Friday roundup at the Miss Rumphius Effect!