Friday, January 07, 2011

Poetry Re-Issue: Belly Button Blues - a belly button poem

BELLY BUTTON BLUES
by
Gregory K.

My belly center’s really bare:
My belly button isn’t there!
I got no innie, got no outie.
Every day it makes me pouty.

I wouldn’t mind a belly snap,
A zipper, hook, or belly flap.
Still, most of all, I’d like a button,
But sad to say, friend, I got nuttin’.

 
Earlier this week I was doing a school visit and had brought along my big 3-ring binder full of poetry for some show and tell. This poem fell out, and I took that to mean it wished to be seen again. I originally posted this here back in 2006... so my bet is that, as NBC (I think it was) used to say about reruns, "If you missed it, it's new to you!"

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22 comments:

david elzey said...

i don't know why, but this one sort of freaks me out. in a good way. i think. have you read this to kids? what do they say?

Irene Latham said...

Greg, this one has a very Shel Silverstein vibe to it! Glad you re-issued. :)

Carmela Martino said...

Too funny! I couldn't help wondering: is the narrator an alien?
Carmela

Jim Hill said...

Great poem, dare I say I had a belly laugh? Also love that you have a tag for "body parts poem". I'm about click that and read the whole collection.

Gregory K. said...

David - kids tend to laugh... then wonder just HOW you could end up with no belly button. (And Carmela, they often ask that same question!).

Enjoy the tag, Jim. I have no idea what else is linked to it. I think I'll click it, too!

LS Murphy said...

My two year old would love this. I'll have to read it to her later. Thanks for posting it!

Alex said...

Great poem, it brought a smile on an otherwise not very good day. Thanks for the uplift.

Literally Lynne said...

I enjoyed meeting you at LA Nationals, Greg! Nice to see you here!

Would love to have you as a Guest Blogger over at the Word Playground :) Let me know!

Lynne Marie
www.MyWordPlayground.blogspot.com
www.HedgehogGoestoKindergarten.blogspot.com

susanwrites said...

This one is a lot of fun, Greg. I wonder if kids ask you if YOU have a belly button when you read it? :)

Carlie said...

lol! So great! What a lot of fun. It does remind me of Silverstein, just like an earlier poster said.

Terry Doherty said...

Thanks Greg, I needed a laugh. The word Belly Button DEFINITELY pops out @ you in the ol' Reader!

Rita said...

Complete crack up. Thanks, Greg, for sharing with all of us!

kangaroobee said...

Even I might remember this one, very funny.

Heidi Mordhorst said...

Hi, Greg--

Hee. Let the "body parts" tag attach to a whole series of missing members poems?

Mary Lee said...

Belly Button. Belly Button. Belly Button. It's making me giggle just to say those words!

(word verification: Funing!!!)

Elizabeth O. Dulemba, a.k.a. "e" said...

Love it!!! So cute. :) e

Deb said...

Man oh man, it has been too long since visiting here. Lol on the poem! I've added you to the agenda for my kids book club meeting next week. I shall share.."Belly Button Blues."

Thanks, Greg!

Deb said...

Gads, just realized I can't find my bellybutton...it's lost in the post Christmas "pay for all you ate" zone.

Trina said...

I had a belly button once. Then I had two little one's and there were issues. Funny poem though. Both of my boys loved it.

Jan Markley said...

Great poem! Really cute. It's good to re-visit old material every now and then, it's like discovering a new gem!

Kate Coombs said...

I have a student who would immediately refer you to the TV show, Kyle XY (one of his favorites). Very fun! And yes, a touch of Shel.

Debbie Diesen said...

What a fun poem! Thanks for re-posting it.