Sick -Shel Silverstein

“I cannot go to school today,”
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gas, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I’m going blind in my right eye…
“I cannot go to school today,”
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gas, 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 failing 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!”

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7 Replies to “Sick -Shel Silverstein”

  1. The poem sick is a really good poem. I like the end of the poem because it is funny and she is just lying about being sick!

  2. Hey !! This is my favorite poem EVER !! We had to choose a poem for school and I just had to pick this one ! Anyways .. i LOVE your poem and you have to make some more with the same type of theme . Your biggest fan .. Hayley !!!!!!! 🙂

  3. I am 37 years old and when I was in the 3rd grade I had to memorize this poem and recite it for parents and teachers at a school play. It was hard to learn but I pulled it off. I remember the whole room cracking up with laughter, even during me reciting it, which made it even harder to recall the words. It was a great poem then , and still is and brings a great memory and of course takes a good memory to learn it! Try it…

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