by Shel Silverstein
N Last night, while I lay thinking here,
N Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
N And pranced and partied all night long
N And sang their same old Whatif song:
1 Whatif I'm dumb in school?
2 Whatif they've closed the swimming pool?
3 Whatif I get beat up?
4 Whatif there's poison in my cup?
5 Whatif I start to cry?
6 Whatif I get sick and die?
7 Whatif I flunk that test?
8 Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
9 Whatif nobody likes me?
10 Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?
11 Whatif I don't grow taller?
12 Whatif my head starts getting smaller?
13 Whatif the fish won't bite?
14 Whatif the wind tears up my kite?
15 Whatif they start a war?
16 Whatif my parents get divorced?
17 Whatif the bus is late?
18 Whatif my teeth don't grow in straight?
19 Whatif I tear my pants?
20 Whatif I never learn to dance?
N Everything seems swell, and then
N The nighttime Whatifs strike again!
A Light in the Attic. HarperCollins, 1981