by Kathy Kenney-Marshall

Insomnia by Kathy Kenney-Marshall

I cannot get to sleep tonight.
I toss and turn and flop.
I try to count some fluffy sheep
while o’er a fence they hop.
I try to think of pleasant dreams
of places really cool.
I don’t know why I cannot sleep—
I slept just fine at school.

  — Kathy Kenney-Marshall

Copyright © 2004. All Rights Reserved. From Rolling in the Aisles: A Collection of Laugh-out-Loud Poems. Running Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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From Rolling in the Aisles: A Collection of Laugh-out-Loud Poems

Rolling in the Aisles, “King of Giggle Poetry” Bruce Lansky’s fourth anthology of humorous poems for children, contains funny poems selected by a panel of more than 1,000 elementary- and middle-school students. Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, Bruce Lansky, Kenn Nesbitt, Ted Scheu, Robert Pottle and Dave Crawley all made the cut for this giggle-packed anthology of rhymes!

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About the Author

I am a writer, teacher, wife, mother, and grandmother; not in that order! I have been a teacher for 31 years and have always loved to write. I supposed I started writing all the way back in elementary school in Methuen, MA, a then smallish town just about 30 north of Boston. I used to make up stories, then poems here and there. But when I really became a more avid writer was when I was teaching third grade in Framingham. It was time to teach poetry, it was April after all, and I thought about how silly it was of me to expect my students to just “write a poem,” without any direction or ideas about how. So…I began my own journey of learning about this craft. I learned with my students and then the love of poetry grew! I found that kids can really relate to the everyday things they know about and they definitely LOVE when a poem makes them laugh or even feel sad. I found myself needing to keep a notebook by my bed at night because I had so many ideas day and night! I was published in many anthologies of children’s funny poetry through Meadowbrook Press. I was included in: If Kids Ruled the School, Rolling in the Aisles, Oh My Darlin’ Porcupine, Dinner With Dracula, I’ve Been Burping In The Classroom, What I Did On My Summer Vacation, and My Teacher’s In Detention. I also co-wrote a book called, What Women Don’t Know About Growing Older.

I was also a weekly columnist in the MetroWest Daily News back when newspapers were offered mostly in print. I wrote op/ed columns about everyday life happenings…and believe me, as a mother of three at that time as well as being a teacher, there was a LOT to write about. I usually wrote with humor in mind because even when things are tough, there is always something we can laugh at in our lives. When the internet began publishing newspapers online, well, my columns became bi-weekly, then monthly, until papers weren’t big enough to add columns like mine. So I took some of my columns and other short pieces and published a book called, Crumbs From The Table Of Life.

At this point in my life, I am still writing poetry, but am considering a book of short stories. You’re never too old to write!!

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