A brief series of favorite poems and their histories, #2

Hi everyone,

Here’s the second poem I chose for my favorite poems list.

This poem came out in the collection THE MOUSE WAS OUT AT RECESS, Wordsong/Boyd Mills Press, 2003. It remains popular, especially with teachers of students old enough to appreciate the humor. This is a poem for two voices so in print there are two columns, one for the student (Isabelle) and one for the teacher. Here I can only indicate the speakers parenthetically.

Have It Your Own Way
Poem for Two Voices

(Isabelle)
Me and Sally are pals!

(Teacher)
Sally and I are pals.

(Isabelle)
I didn’t know you knew her!

(Teacher)
I don’t.

(Isabelle)
Then why did you say,
“Me and Sally are pals?”

(Teacher)
Sally and I are pals.

(Isabelle)
You said it again!
You said,
“Me and Sally are pals!”

(Teacher)
Sally and I are pals!

(Isabelle)
Have it your own way.
You and her are pals.
But I don’t believe it,
And Sally won’t neither!

(c) 2003 David L. Harrison, all rights reserved