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going out to play

“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!”


~ Shel Silverstein

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    • # Felecia

      [b]FANTASTIC [/b]set Marjorie!! You got such great angles and perspective and the compositions are all incredible. INCREDIBLE!
      Love the poem too.
      Perfect, happy, fun set. Love it.

      2012.05.08 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Dave

      As you know, I think Shel says it for us all. I lve his stories and poetry. I also love to see kids at play and doing what kids do best. well captured Marjorie.

      2012.05.07 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Marsha

      Fantastic playful scenes, Marjorie.....makes me feel like going to the playground!

      2012.05.07 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Bryan

      Cool angles! You really captured summer, fun, children being free without a care, and so much more in this series.

      2012.05.06 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Karman

      I absolutely adore that poem. Your shots are perfect with it. Love #5...I use to do that many many many many many years ago. :)

      2012.05.06 Edited Reply Cancel