poetry friday

Here’s a silly poem all my kids knew by heart years ago. Hurray for silliness!


The Meal
by Karla Kuskin


the meal illustration by marc brown 001 editTimothy Tompkins had turnips and tea.
The turnips were tiny.
He ate at least three.
And then, for dessert,
He had onions and ice.
He liked that so much
That he ordered it twice.
He had two cups of ketchup,
A prune, and a pickle.
“Delicious,” said Timothy.
“Well worth a nickel.”
He folded his napkin
And hastened to add,
“It’s one of the loveliest breakfasts I’ve had.”

(illustration by Marc Brown, from Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young, ed. Jack Prelutsky)