I Stuck My Finger Up My Nose

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From the book The Aliens Have Landed at Our School

I Stuck My Finger Up My Nose

I stuck my finger up my nose
to see what it contained.
I found a bunch of crazy things
that cannot be explained.

I found a dozen rubber bands.
I found a piece of string.
I found my missing basketball.
I found a playground swing.

I found a giant pot of gold.
I found a sailing boat.
I found an ancient castle
with a drawbridge and a moat.

I found a hairy mastodonmastodon a massive, elephantlike mammal that flourished worldwide from the Miocene through the Pleistocene epochs and, in North America, into recent times, having long, curved upper tusks and, in the male, short lower tusks..
I found a purple car.
I found an Earth-bound starship
from a not too distant star.

But now despite the awesome stuff
I found inside my snout,
I wish I’d never poked in there —
my finger won’t come out!

 — Kenn Nesbitt

Copyright © 2001. All Rights Reserved.

Reading Level: Grade 2

Topics: Imaginary Poems, Wacky Weirdness

Poetic Techniques: Hyperbole, Repetition


From the Book The Aliens Have Landed at Our School

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