Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Calling in a sick day...

image by White & Wander via here

I feel a bit of a migraine coming on today so I think I'm going to hide out and follow this bear's lead: get in bed, cover my eyes. Here's a classic Shel Silverstein poem to go along with my whine.

by Shel Silverstein

"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 the 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 toes are 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's 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!"


  1. what a darling photo and poem! feel better!!

  2. I remember that poem! Now I want to go find my old Shel Silverstein poem book.

    Feel better!

  3. did an interview yesterday- and talked about shel silverstein!


  4. I memorized that poem in elementary school, and it has stuck with me to this day! Hope you're feeling better this week. xoxo



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