Fred’s Head

A Funny Handstand Poem for Kids

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Come and meet Fred.
He can stand on his head.
He’s truly the greatest around.
He gives a small cough
and then pops his head off,
and places it down on the ground.

Then he leaps in the air
and alights on his hair,
to balance his feet on his ears.
Then spins with his toes
on the tip of his nose,
and everyone eagerly cheers.

As soon as you see
him I’m sure you’ll agree,
there’s no one as awesome as Fred;
the only man ever
to find such a clever
new method to stand on his head.

I asked him one day
why he did it this way.
He said, “People like it, I think.
And someday I hope
I can purchase some soap
because, man, do my toes ever stink.”

 — Kenn Nesbitt

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Reading Level: Grade 3

Topics: Poems about Kooky Characters

Poetic Techniques: Descriptive Poems, Rhyme Schemes


About This Poem

I've always thought the expression "stand on your head" was funny, because although it means to stand upside down with your head on the ground and your feet in the air, it sounds like you need to remove your head so that you can stand on top of it.

So I thought it would be fun to create a character who could do just this.

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