Confession

By Bruce Lansky b. 1941 Bruce Lansky
I have a brief confession
that I would like to make.
If I dont get it off my chest
I'm sure my heart will break.

I didn't do my reading.
I watched TV instead—
while munching cookies, cakes, and chips
and cinnamon raisin bread.

I didn't wash the dishes.
I didn't clean the mess.
Now there are roaches eating crumbs—
a million, more or less.

I didn't turn the TV off.
I didn't shut the light.
Just think of all the energy
I wasted through the night.

I feel so very guilty.
I did a lousy job.
I hope my students don't find out
that I am such a slob.

Bruce Lansky, "Confession" from My Dog Ate My Homework. Copyright © 1991 by Bruce Lansky.  Reprinted by permission of Meadowbrook Press.

Source: My Dog Ate My Homework! (Meadowbrook Press, 2002)

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Poet Bruce Lansky b. 1941

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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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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POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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