Roddy Rapscallion

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I’m Roddy Rapscallion
I’m rowdy and rude.
I’m coarse and I’m callous.
I’m crabby and crude.

I’m gross and uncivil.
I’m hardly a joy.
There never was known
a more boisterous boy.

I screech and I squabble.
I bellow and bawl.
I haven’t got friends
’cause I argue and brawl.

I’m nasty and noxious.
I rant and I rave.
I’m always in trouble.
I never behave.

I like to throw tantrums
from morning till night.
Except when my mom’s around;
then I’m polite.

 — Kenn Nesbitt

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Reading Level: Grade 3

Topics: Poems about Kooky Characters


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