Saturday, March 12, 2011

I Love You Not

Confession: My fourth grade daughter is more talented than I am. I must say that while many of my confessions have a bit of a negative air—this one is decidedly positive. I couldn’t be more proud.

Her past work has included a Thanksgiving tale from the point of view of the turkey—an apparently undead turkey, who manages to get away—with very humorous results. She has written lyrics and music to songs, both serious and funny. Today for my blog, I thought I would share her latest work, a poem she wrote for Valentine’s Day. I find her sense of humor delightful. Frankly, I’m surprised her teacher didn’t insist on sending this to all the publishing houses—but maybe that’s just the mother speaking. Still, I say give her a few years and let’s see what she does. It’s called:

I Love You Not

I love you, I love you,

I love you, Old Man,

If I had a swatter

I would give you a wham!

If I were some peanut butter

I would make you feel sticky.

If I were a slug

I’d make you feel icky.

I love you, I love you

I love you so whiney.

If I had a turtle

I would make you feel slimy.

If I were a doctor

I would give you a shot.

If I were a mailman

I’d give you a lot.

(Shel Silverstein, watch out.)


  1. That is really cleverly put together and funny. Just the thing to send to your sweetheart on valentine's day. The whole thing takes a lot of imagination, too. Yes, encourage her.
    Love and peace,

  2. What a talent! I can see why you are so proud of her. Her poem was a joy and pleasure to read. Yeah!

  3. Haha! What a funny poem for Valentine's day! Your daughter is definitely very talented and like Manzanita said, very imaginative.

  4. That is too cute! Thanks for sharing, I am following you and hope that your daughter keeps on writing!

  5. Of course I am a little biased myself to her but that is so great! She definitely has her mother's talents. I love that creativity.