Our Magic Toilet
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We have a magic toilet.
It makes things disappear.
Just toss them in and flip the switch
and—presto!—they’re not here.
We love our magic toilet.
It’s super fun to use.
My brother flushed his baseball bat.
My sister flushed her shoes.
The baby flushed her bottle.
I flushed my radio.
It’s crazy how things vanish
but we don’t know where they go.
Our mother flushed the sofa.
She flushed our camping tent.
That’s when I looked around and said,
“I wonder where dad went?”
— Kenn Nesbitt
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Reading Level: Grade 2
Topics: Poems about Friends and Family, Wacky Weirdness
Poetic Techniques: Alliteration, Hyperbole, List Poems, Narrative Poems, Repetition
About This Poem
First things first… DON’T try to flush anything down the toilet that doesn’t belong there. All you will do is clog the pipes and upset your parents when they have to pay a plumber to fix it.
That said, I remember, when I was very young, being fascinated by watching things disappear down the toilet and wondering where they went. So, I thought it would be funny to write a poem about a magical toilet that could make anything vanish; toys, furniture, maybe even the entire house! Ultimately, I settled on having dad go missing, but without being sure if he went down the toilet or not.
If you are interested in poetic techniques, you might notice that, in addition to having some obvious exaggerations in the poem, “Our Magic Toilet” is a list poem, and it includes a few alliterations such as “brother/baseball/bat” and “baby/bottle” and some repetition on the word “flushed.”
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