August 1, 2011


"I cannot go to work** today."
Said little Peggy Ann McKay (aka Kai)
"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 spine 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!"

Every time I start to get the Monday blues, I think of this.  I thought I'd share it with you.  Does it bring a smile to your face like it does mine?

* Sick, by Shel Silverstein - from the book Where the Sidewalk Ends

** The poem says "school".  I substituted "work" for my own purposed.  Apologies to Mr. Silverstein if that was overstepping my bounds.

And no, no one told me or coerced me or paid me or bribed me or threatened me or gifted me in any way to post this poem. I just LOVE Shel Silverstein and he's been 'popping up' in my life lately... so I thought I'd share. 

Happy Monday all!


  1. It most certainly did bring a smile to my face thank you so much for sharing it and bringing in the sunshine

  2. One of my faves...I read it to Jayden with all kinds of associated drama...its so fun! I love Shel too, but never realized how dark and sarcastic he can be until I read some of the poems to Jayden and he was totally confused or horrified...we edit the readings

  3. Yes it does! Never heard this poem before, how clever!


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