Bad Homework

photo of Joe, a.k.a. Sophie by Susan Pittman

My homework was bad.
It was long and hard too,
but I’d heard people talk.
I knew what to do.

I found my dog Joe.
I showed him the stuff.
“Here, Joe!” I said.
All Joe said was “Ruff?”

I crumpled the pages.
“Fetch!” I told Joe,
but he sat by my feet
drooling, “Where did it go?”

I tore it to shreds.
I mixed it with stew.
I filled up his bowl.
I said, “Here, boy! For you!”

Joe took a good sniff.
He whined, then he beat it.
I had homework so bad,
my dog wouldn’t eat it.

© 2012 Elizabeth Ehrenfest Steinglass, all rights reserved

14 replies
  1. jama
    jama says:

    Welcome to PF, Liz!

    Enjoyed this poem — I imagine the homework might have been math word problems? Don’t like doing them, can’t get me to eat them. 😀

  2. Tara
    Tara says:

    Loved those last two line in particular. I must share this with my sixth graders, they would be able to relate! And…welcome to Poetry Friday!

  3. Amy LV
    Amy LV says:

    What a great twist on “the dog ate my homework!” I loved imagining the child trying to FEED the homework to the dog. Very clever and funny. My children will get a kick out of it too! a.

  4. Renee LaTulippe
    Renee LaTulippe says:

    Hi Liz, I’m coming over from Poetry Friday. Fun concept — I love the twist on the old homework excuse (and the dog is cute, too)! Looking forward to seeing more of your work. 🙂

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