I Never Want to Go to Bed

From the book The Armpit of Doom

I never want to go to bed.
I like to stay up late.
I'm bouncing off the bedroom walls
and, frankly, feeling great!

I'm dancing like a maniac
instead of counting sheep.
My mom says, "Time for bed."
My dad yells, "Get your butt to sleep!"

I'm not sure what my bottom
has to do with anything,
but that's okay because I'd rather
jump around and sing.

I don't know what it was
that made me feel so wide awake.
Could it have been the Red Bull
and the double-chocolate cake?

I wonder if the seven cups
of coffee plus dessert
of Hershey bars and Skittles
are what left me this alert?

Whatever it turns out to be
that made me feel this right,
I hope I track it down
so I can stay up every... ZZZzzzzz

--Kenn Nesbitt


Copyright © 2012 Kenn Nesbitt. All Rights Reserved.

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The Armpit of Doom


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I like this pomes because it is my funney poems in the whold.
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this poem is now another one of my favorites.
On May 12, 2014 Julia Tickemyer from Idaho wrote:
Best one yet Kenn!
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this poem is so awesome i feel like reading it again
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I liked this, it was awesome. The only reason I had THAT face was because its hilarious!

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Lexile Text Measure: 750L
  Grade Level Measures
ATOS Level: 4.8
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 3.4
Gunning-Fog Index: 6
SMOG Index: 4.1
Automated Readability Index: 2.9
Grade Level Average: 4.2
  Text Statistics
Word Count: 137 words
Line Count: 24 lines
Average Line Length: 5.7 words
Average Sentence Length: 19.6 words
Average Word Length: 3.9 letters


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