I Tried to Take a Selfie

A Funny Technology Poem for Kids

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From the book My Cat Knows Karate

I tried to take a selfie
when I was all alone.
I never should have done it.
It broke my mobile phone.

I guess I’m not so pretty.
I thought that I was cuter.
I snapped one with my laptop
and busted the computer.

I cracked my father’s camera.
My mother’s iPad too.
This shouldn’t be so difficult.
I don’t know what to do.

At last I got a selfie;
perhaps the worst one yet.
I posted it online today.
It broke the Internet.

 — Kenn Nesbitt

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Reading Level: Grade 1

Topics: Science and Technology Poems

Poetic Techniques: Assonance, Narrative Poems


About This Poem

It used to be that, if someone didn't like you, they might say that your face could "crack a mirror." Of course, that could never actually happen, but I thought it might be fun to update this idea a little bit.

We still have mirrors, of course, but these days everyone with a mobile phone takes "selfies" to show where they are, who they are with, or what cool thing they are doing.

But what would happen if your face could crack a mirror, and you tried to take a selfie? Would it break the camera? The phone? The computer? The whole Internet? Might it bring down all electronics around the world. I don't know, but I always enjoy exploring ideas like this in a poem.

From the Book My Cat Knows Karate

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