Benson Baxter Brought His Bowling Ball

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From the book The Aliens Have Landed at Our School!

With a basketball, a bowling ball,
and baseball bat he came.
He had golf clubs, cleats and catcher’s mitts
to help him in the game.

He had Rollerblades and elbow pads
with climbing ropes and straps,
plus athletic shorts and running shoes
to race a couple laps.

He was schlepping all his scuba gear,
his snorkel and his mask.
He had suitable accoutrements
for nearly any task.

He had helmets, hats and headgear.
He had uniforms galore.
Why, he even brought the costume
of a Spanish matador.

But though Benson Baxter came prepared
for almost every sport,
he forgot his tennis racquet,
so they threw him off the court.

 — Kenn Nesbitt

Copyright © 2001. All Rights Reserved.

Reading Level: Grade 5

Topics: Poems about Kooky Characters, Sports

 


From the Book The Aliens Have Landed at Our School!


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