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My Senses All are Backward

From the book The Aliens Have Landed at Our School!

My senses all are backward
and it really makes me wonder
if on the day that I was born
somebody made a blunder.

For, strange but true, my senses
all got totally reversed.
Now everything I like the best
is what you'd call the worst.

I only like the smell of things
that frighten other noses.
I love the odor of a skunk.
I hate the smell of roses.

I only like the taste of foods
that cause most folks to shiver.
I hate the taste of chocolate.
I'm crazy over liver.

I'm not too fond of music
but there's simply no denying
I like the sound of honking horns
and little babies crying.

I hate the feel of silky, velvet
softness on my skin.
I much prefer the way it feels
when sitting on a pin.

I hate the look of anything
that's really cute and snuggly.
The things I think are pretty
are what most consider ugly.

So let me tell you one more thing
before I have to go:
I think YOU are the most attractive
person that I know.

--Kenn Nesbitt

 

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The Aliens Have Landed at Our School!


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Lexile Text Measure: 690L
  
 Grade Level Measures
ATOS Level: 5.5
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 4.4
Gunning-Fog Index: 6.6
SMOG Index: 4.6
Automated Readability Index: 3.5
Grade Level Average: 4.9
  
 Text Statistics
Word Count: 183 words
Line Count: 32 lines
Average Line Length: 5.7 words
Average Sentence Length: 12.2 words
Average Word Length: 3.9 letters
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