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Teacher: Mary Newson

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Poetry Project for LIBS 451-Spring 2009

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My Doggy Ate My Homework

by Dave Crawley

 

“My doggy ate my homework.

He chewed it up,” I said.

But when I offered my excuse

My teacher shook her head.

 

I saw this wasn’t going well.

I didn’t want to fail.

Before she had a chance to talk,

I added to the tale:

 

“Before he ate, he took my work

And tossed it in a pot.

He simmered it with succotash

Till it was piping hot.

 

“He scrambled up my science notes

With eggs and bacon strips,

Along with sautéed spelling words

And baked potato chips.

 

“He then took my arithmetic

And had it gently fried.

He broiled both my book reports

With pickles on the side.

 

“He wore a doggy apron

As he cooked a notebook stew.

He barked when I objected.

There was nothing I could do.”

 

“Did he wear a doggy chef hat?”

She asked me with a scowl.

“He did,” I said. “And taking it

Would only make him growl.”

 

My teacher frowned, but then I said

As quickly as I could,

“He covered it with ketchup,

And he said it tasted good.”

 

“A talking dog who likes to cook?”

My teacher had a fit.

She sent me to the office,

And that is where I sit.

 

I guess I made a big mistake

In telling her all that.

’Cause I don’t have a doggy.   

It was eaten by my cat.

“My Doggy Ate My Homework.” © 2004 by Dave Crawley. Reprinted from If Kids Ruled the School (© 2004 by Meadowbrook Creations) with permission from Meadowbrook Press.

 

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