Could Have Been Worse

by Bill Dodds

My friends have not seen London,
They’ve never been to France,
But yesterday at recess
They saw my underpants.

I kicked a ball, my skirt flew up,
And I know what they saw.
The girls all stared and blushed and laughed,
The boys said, “Oo-la-la!”

I’ve thought a lot about it.
This conclusion I have drawn:
I’m embarrassed that they saw them,
But I’m glad I had them on.

  — Bill Dodds

Copyright © 1991. All Rights Reserved. From Kids Pick the Funniest Poems: Poems that Make Kids Laugh. Running Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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This is one of the most popular collections of funny poetry for kids ever published. It’s a classic because it’s the first collection of poems selected by kids! It includes clever creations from some of the most popular names in children’s poetry, including Bill Dodds, Timothy Tocher, Joyce Armor, Robert Pottle, Bruce Lansky, and Kenn Nesbitt. Humorous illustrations by Stephen Carpenter make this book even better.

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Bill has had some three dozen books published. He’s not exactly sure how many. Yes, he could go back and count them but — and here’s a fun fact — he doesn’t want to. And besides, for some books he was a co-author. Do two co-authored books equal the same as one one-authored book? And what about anthologies? He didn’t write all the poems in them but each has included more than a couple of his. (For example, one that begins “Little Molly Peters stuck her finger up her nose.” Eat your heart out, Dante.)

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