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I Never Want to Go to Bed

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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

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Reading Level: Grade 3

From the Book The Armpit of Doom