Computer Boot

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From the book The Armpit of Doom

When I powered my computer on today
it wouldn’t boot,
so I tapped it just a little
but it still would not compute.

So I thumped a little harder
hoping that would make it go.
When it didn’t help, I hit it with
an even bigger blow.

Then I punched it half a dozen times
which wasn’t very smart,
for my knuckles hurt like heck
but my computer didn’t start.

So I whacked it with a hammer
and I knocked it over flat,
and I probably should not have clubbed it
with my baseball bat.

But at least I needn’t fret about
it booting anymore,
since I booted my computer
down the stairs and out the door.

 — Kenn Nesbitt

Copyright © 2012. All Rights Reserved.

Reading Level: Grade 5

Topics: Science and Technology Poems, Wordplay

Poetic Techniques: Imagery, Narrative Poems, Onomatopoeia


From the Book The Armpit of Doom

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