“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 16 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 must 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 wreched my ankles 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 that today is Saturday ?
G’bye. I’m going out to play !”
(Written by Shel Silverstein)