The boy who sits behind me
Is really, really mean.
He tells me I have cooties and
I smell like a sardine.
He tries to steal my pencils
And my favorite crayons, too.
I wish his folks would move away
And lock him in the zoo.
He cheats on every spelling test
And blames it all on me.
He always pulls my ponytail.
I wish he'd let me be.
He talks too loud, his laugh is weird.
I wish that he were mute.
But the worstest thing about him is
I think he's kinda cute.
Text © Kathy Kenney-Marshall, reprinted from If
Kids Ruled the School published by Meadowbrook Press.
Illustration © Stephen Carpenter. Any copying or use
of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.