Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face

By Jack Prelutsky b. 1940 Jack Prelutsky
Be glad your nose is on your face,
not pasted on some other place,
for if it were where it is not,
you might dislike your nose a lot.

Imagine if your precious nose
were sandwiched in between your toes,
that clearly would not be a treat,
for you’d be forced to smell your feet.

Your nose would be a source of dread
were it attached atop your head,
it soon would drive you to despair,
forever tickled by your hair.

Within your ear, your nose would be
an absolute catastrophe,
for when you were obliged to sneeze,
your brain would rattle from the breeze.

Your nose, instead, through thick and thin,
remains between your eyes and chin,
not pasted on some other place—
be glad your nose is on your face!

Text © 1984 Jack Prelutsky. Used by Permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

Source: Kids Pick the Funniest Poems (HarperCollins Publishers Inc, 1991)

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Poet Jack Prelutsky b. 1940

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Living, The Body

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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Jack Prelutsky is a creator of inventive poems for children and adults alike. He served as the Poetry Foundation’s Children’s Poet Laureate from 2006 to 2008. Prelutsky grew up in the Bronx, and when he was young he studied classical music; though he gave up pursuing a career as an opera singer to concentrate on writing, he continues to sing.

In a Scholastic.com interview, when asked where his ideas come from, Prelutsky said, . . .

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SUBJECT Living, The Body

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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