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The Neighborhood Children

My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I started writing poetry on Hubpages back in 2013. Every year I share a poem a day in April.

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There once was a kid from Missouri

who decided to live off Curry

tried it all in one day

taking time off from play

now groans with each ache in his belly.


There once was a kid from the West Coast

wanted to be the kid with the most

wanted everything gold

everything new not old

ended up eating only burnt toast.

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There once was a kid from Ohio

who worked on her Venus de Milo

she sculpted with her heart

this artist from the start

even though it was made from playdoh.


There once was a kid from Kentucky

who was known for being quite plucky

he would skip to his class

for Kentucky Bluegrass

the other kids thought he was lucky.

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There once was a kid from Wisconsin

who tried running amok like Huck Finn

with a cow named Daisy

who thought he was crazy

as they journeyed out past the grain bin.


There once was a kid from the city

who would sneak out to paint graffiti

on her parents table

a colorful label

when finished she would chase the kitty.

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There once was a kid from the country

who ate all the food in his pantry

back to the store with Mom

as she remained quite calm

as they found the front door through laundry.


To the children who have made this mess

within every nook more or less

just keep playing all day

we will clean when its May

this is crazy extended recess.

© 2019 Jamie Lee Hamann

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