Talented Family

By Kenn Nesbitt b. 1962 Kenn Nesbitt
My family’s very talented,
I’m certain you’ll agree.
We each possess a special skill
that anyone can see.

My brother’s good at burying
his finger up his nose.
My sister’s good at covering
her room with dirty clothes.

My father’s good at eating soup
in big, disgusting slurps.
My mother’s good at cutting loose
with world-record burps.

Our dog is good at piddling
in the back seat of the car.
The baby’s good at putting
Pop-Tarts in the VCR.

Myself I’m good at sleeping late
and making lots of noise,
and cluttering the living room
with comic books and toys.

So though we’re very talented,
I’m sad to say it’s true:
We’re only good at doing things
we’re not supposed to do.

Kenn Nesbit, “Talented Family” from Kids Pick the Funniest Poems, edited by Bruce Lansky (Minnetonka, Minn.: Meadowbrook Press, 1999). Copyright © 1999 by Kenn Nesbitt. Reprinted with the permission of the author.

Source: Kids Pick the Funniest Poems (1991)

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Poet Kenn Nesbitt b. 1962

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Living, Youth, Relationships, Home Life, Family & Ancestors

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Kenn Nesbitt was born in Berkeley, California. He grew up in Fresno and San Diego and attended National University in San Diego, where he majored in computer science.

Nesbitt’s poetry for children is “irrepressible, unpredictable, and raucously popular,” in the words of former Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis. Nesbitt’s poems frequently deal with humorous, relatable situations that verge on the madcap. He is the author . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Youth, Relationships, Home Life, Family & Ancestors

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

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