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Mr. Ivan, The Principal Poet

All the Stuff I Know


My grades can be misleading.
They don't reveal all I know
About what's real important.
So, let me show you so...

I know that peanut butter
Tastes really fine on cheese,
And milk squirts out your nose
If you're drinking when you sneeze.

I know that one of my shoelaces
Is most always left untied,
And I'll never have clean gym clothes
No matter how hard I try.

I know my pencils need sharpening,
And that erasers leave a smudge.
I know how to cut in lunch line,
And jammed lockers never budge.

I know I left my coat at school,
And now it's gone for good.
I know most desks are made of plastic,
Though they used to be of wood.

You'd think I'd almost get straight A's
With all that I could show,
But my teachers never check to see,
So I'll guess we'll never know.

Copyright © 2006 Ivan Kershner, reprinted with permission.

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Article by Ivan Kershner
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Copyright © 2006 Education World