I woke up this morning At quarter past seven. I kicked up the covers And stuck out my toe. And ever since then (That's a quarter past seven) They haven't said anything Other than "no." They haven't said anything Other than "Please dear, Don't do what youre doing," Or "Lower your voice." Whatever I've done And however I've chosen, I've done the wrong thing And I've made the wrong choice. I didn't wash well And I didn't say thank you. I didn't shake hands And I didn't say please. I didn't say sorry When passing the candy. I banged the box into Miss Witelson's knees. I didn't say sorry. I didn't stand straighter. I didn't speak louder When asked what I'd said. Well, I said That tomorrow At quarter past seven They can Come in and get me. I'm Staying In Bed.
Dogs and Dragons, Trees and Dreams; Harper and Row, 1980
Introduction Poems can also be matched with favorite picture books. For example, the following poem seems meant to be shared with the classic picture book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst.
Extension Invite the children to share humorous stories of "bad days" they have had. (Handle with care: some children experience real trauma in their young lives.)