If I Had a Dollar

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From the book The Biggest Burp Ever


If I had a dollar
I know what I’d do;
I’d go to the mall
and I’d spend it on you.

I’d shop for a shoelace,
or maybe a sock,
or maybe a ribbon,
or maybe a rock.

I’d pay for a pickle,
a pear, or a plum.
I’d get you a grape,
or a half-pack of gum.

I’d spring for some string
if the string were on sale.
I’d purchase a pinky-sized
pink plastic pail.

I’d pick up a pencil,
I’d give you a stick.
I’d buy you a bit of
a board or a brick.

I like you, I do,
but I’m sorry to say
you can’t get a lot
for a dollar today.

 — Kenn Nesbitt

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Reading Level: Grade 2

Topics: Love Poems, Shopping

Poetic Techniques: Alliteration, Irony, List Poems


From the Book The Biggest Burp Ever

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