Wally Wards the Sword Swallower

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Wally Wards
swallowed swords,
daggers, dirks
and razor blades,
lances, spears,
garden shears,
sabers, scissors,
spikes and spades.

Wally’s jaws
welcomed saws,
hatchets, axes,
power drills,
arrows, picks,
sharpened sticks;
that’s how Wally
got his thrills.

All the same
it’s a shame
Wally Wards
should lose his life.
Wally croaked
when he choked
on a plastic
butter knife.

 — Kenn Nesbitt

Copyright © 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Reading Level: Grade 7

Topics: Cautionary Tale, Circus, Poems about Kooky Characters

Poetic Techniques: Alliteration, Irony, Rhyme Schemes


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