I have been sick for 3 days now. I am undecided whether I got a cold when I was with family last week, or if this is just general daycare crud. Either way, I have not blogged in a while, and felt that it was time to post something. So, in honor of me being sick, I decided that I would share one a poem. This is Sick by Shel Silverstein. Though, the ending does not describe the way I feel… the way Peggy Ann describes her ailments feels just about right!



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 instamatic flu.
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! ‘

4 responses »

  1. Booooo for sick. 😦

    Seems the general seasonal change illness is out in full force. Hope you’re all better soon! (Just in time to go back to work and handle kid snot – hooray! ;))

  2. I love that poem. When I was in the 4th grade we did a unit on poetry and the whole class was broken up into groups to put on plays/skits about Shel Silversteins poems. The one I was chosen for was Sick. I had most of the lines in the poem and can still recite most of it by heart.

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