Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Sick by Shel Silverstein

This was my favorite poem by Shel Silverstein as
a kid and I even recited it in 2nd grade at a poetry contest.

What is your favorite Shel Silverstein poem?


"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?

My leg is cut--my eyes are blue--

It might be instamatic flu.

I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,

I'm sure that my left leg is broke--

My hip hurts when I move my chin,

My belly button's caving in,

My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained,

My 'pendix pains each time it rains.

My nose is cold, my toes are numb.

I have a sliver in my thumb.

My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,

I hardly whisper when I speak.

My tongue is filling up my mouth,

I think my hair is falling out.

My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight,

My temperature is one-o-eight.

My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,

There is a hole inside my ear.

I have a hangnail, and my heart is--what?

What's that? What's that you say?

You say today is. . .Saturday?

G'bye, I'm going out to play!"

From Shel Silverstein: Poems and Drawings; originally appeared in
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.
Copyright © 2003 by HarperCollins Children's Books.
Reprinted by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.


A. said...

I love Shel Silverstein!

Many faves:

Boa Constrictor by Shel Silverstein
Oh, I'm being eaten
By a boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor,
And I don't like it--one bit.
Well, what do you know?
It's nibblin' my toe.
Oh, gee,
It's up to my knee.
Oh my,
It's up to my thigh.
Oh, fiddle,
It's up to my middle.
Oh, heck,
It's up to my neck.
Oh, dread,
It's upmmmmmmmmmmffffffffff . . .

Possibly little known fact: did you know he wrote the lyrics to A Boy Named Sue?

Iris Took said...

Thanks for the post A. Actually, I had NO IDEA that he wrote "Boy named Sue" until today when I was looking for this poem and I ran across a list of his works. Crazy!!

PS I love Boa Constrictor!

Two/Dos Pretzels said...

GREAT, GREAT poem. I love these books.

wrestling kitties said...

I LOVE these books! This will definatly be a must have when we have kids one day!!!