My Penmanship Is Pretty Bad

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From the book Revenge of the Lunch Ladies

My penmanship is pretty bad.
My printing’s plainly awful.
In truth, my writing looks so sad
it ought to be unlawful.

I try but, still, I must confess
my writing looks like scribbles.
My pencil makes a painful mess.
My ballpoint leaks and dribbles.

My letters take up so much space
they nearly can’t be read.
The ones that should be lowercase
are capitals instead.

My p’s and q’s and R’s and b’s
are backward half the time.
When letters look as bad as these
it’s probably a crime.

My cursive’s utter lack of style
will make you want to curse.
But, even so, I have to smile;
my teacher’s writing’s worse.

 — Kenn Nesbitt

Copyright © 2007. All Rights Reserved.

Reading Level: Grade 3

Topics: School Poems

Poetic Techniques: Alliteration, Descriptive Poems, Irony, Rhyme Schemes


From the Book Revenge of the Lunch Ladies

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