Turn Off the TV!

By Bruce Lansky b. 1941 Bruce Lansky
My father gets quite mad at me;
my mother gets upset—
when they catch me watching
our new television set.

My father yells, “Turn that thing off!”
Mom says, “It’s time to study.”
I’d rather watch my favorite TV show
with my best buddy.

I sneak down after homework
and turn the set on low.
But when she sees me watching it,
my mother yells out, “No!”

Dad says, “If you don’t turn it off,
I’ll hang it from a tree!”
I rather doubt he’ll do it,
’cause he watches more than me.

He watches sports all weekend,
and weekday evenings too,
while munching chips and pretzels—
the room looks like a zoo.

So if he ever got the nerve
to hang it from a tree,
he’d spend a lot of time up there—
watching it with me.

Copyright © 1995 by Bruce Lansky.

Source: My Dog Ate My Homework (Meadowbrook Press, 1991)

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Poet Bruce Lansky b. 1941

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Relationships, Home Life, Family & Ancestors, Activities, School & Learning, Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire, Social Commentaries, Popular Culture, Life Choices

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Bruce Lansky is an internationally known poet and anthologist. He has a passion for getting children excited about reading and writing poetry. Lansky's poetry books—including Mary Had a Little Jam; Peter, Peter, Pizza-Eater; If Kids Ruled the School; and Rolling in the Aisles—are currently among America's best-selling children's poetry books. He is also the editor of the middle-grade fiction series Girls to the Rescue and . . .

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