Parents Are Pretending
I'm pretty sure my parents are
pretending they are sick.
I know because I taught them both
to do that little trick.
You blow your nose and hold your head
and claim your brain is breaking.
And so, a pro like me would know
my folks are clearly faking.
A little thing I learned in school
convinced me I am right.
My parents are supposed to meet
my principal tonight.
Text © Ted Scheu, reprinted from Rolling
in the Aisles published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration
© Stephen Carpenter. Any copying or use of this poem
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