Friday, May 17, 2013

Good - a baby sitter poem/a perspective poem

Greg Pincus

Last night we had a sitter
Just like Mom had said we would,
And since I am a real nice kid, I'd promised to be good.

I kept my word. Indeed I did.
I think it's plain to see.
In fact, I'd say that I was just as good as good can be.

I was good at whining
And at scaring our pet cat.
And throwing food against the wall? Yes, I was good at that.

I was good at tantrums
And was good at staying up.
I was extra good at pouring too much soda in my cup.

I was good at playing -
I played lots of "I can't hear!"
And my sitter said that I was good at changing her career.

So Mom and Dad, I'm asking you,
I'm shouting through this door:
If I was so, so good last night, what'd I get grounded for?

Let me just go on record as saying there is nothing autobiographical about this poem (well, except for me being a good kid, of course!!!). I'm just sayin'.....

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LJ Moz said...

This poem evokes hilarious images!

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

And this poem, dear sir, is most definitely a goodie! Thankfully I never came across a child quite that b... er... good in my babysitting days. At $2-$3/hour? Fuggedhaboutit.

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

Love it - probably because there's too much truth in it! said...

Brilliant! Great twist at the end.

jama said...

Of course it's autobiographical -- and hilarious. Thanks for the smile today :D.

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

This poem could have been written by my son, back in the day when he needed sitters, and knew just what to do to ensure they'd never come back.

tanita✿davis said...

Not autobiographical AT ALL. Of course not.

Donna Smith said...

Well, it might not have been autobiographical, but I'm thinking it was pretty close. When I babysat, it was for fifty cents an hour, so your - I mean, those parents in the poem would have been essentially grounded now along with you/him!

Doraine said...

That poem resonates with the voice of experience!

Jen Robinson said...

This one is really fun, Greg. I can totally see it as a picture book.

Ruth said...

Haha! Lots of talent that kid has!

Mary Lee said...

Very fun!

James Miller said...

Its a lovely poem with meaningful thought. I really liked the poem.