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Smoker's Epitaph Fill-In-The-Blank Poems

Here's a great way for your students to learn to be a poet while also learning why they shouldn't smoke! An epitaph is the writing people put on their gravestones. Each of these Smoker's Epitaph Anti-Smoking Poems is missing a word or two. Can your students figure out what they are? For a hint, look at the third line of each poem. The missing word or words must rhyme with the last word in the third line. Good luck.

If this exercise is too easy for your students, try our complete the last line version. Once your students have become pros at Smoker's Epitaphs, let them try writing their own!

Here lies Sam Shay.
Smoked six packs a day.
He started smoking when he was one.
Now he's one dead son-of-a- .

Here lies Sam Shay.
Smoked six packs a day.
He started smoking when he was two.
Now there's nothing he can .

Here lies Sam Shay.
Smoked six packs a day.
He started smoking when he was three.
Now he's buried beneath a .

Here lies Sam Shay.
Smoked six packs a day.
He started smoking when he was four.
Now he's knocking on heaven's .

Here lies Sam Shay.
Smoked six packs a day.
He started smoking when he was five.
Now the poor guy ain't .

Here lies Sam Shay.
Smoked six packs a day.
He started smoking when he was six.
Now he's got a problem we can't .

Here lies Sam Shay.
Smoked six packs a day.
He started smoking when he was seven.
Now we hope he's gone to .

Here lies Sam Shay.
Smoked six packs a day.
He started smoking when he was eight.
Now he he doesn't look too .

Here lies Sam Shay.
Smoked six packs a day.
He started smoking when he was nine.
Now he isn't feeling .

Here lies Sam Shay.
Smoked six packs a day.
He started smoking when he was ten.
Now, he'll never smoke .

 

Stumped? Figured them all out? Click here to see the answers.

 

Copyright 1999 by Bruce Lansky. Reprinted with permission of the author.