Out of Sight

by Eric Ode

A trampoline or pogo stick:
They both are fun, so take your pick.
But never try them both at once.
Samantha did, that silly dunce.
And now her parents fret and frown
and hope someday she’ll come back down.

  — Eric Ode

Copyright © 2009. All Rights Reserved. From What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Kids' Favorite Funny Summer Vacation Poems. Running Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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About this Poem

I used to use this poem at school assemblies to talk about poetic rhythm and meter. We’d jump up and down in place to the rhythm of the poem, and then we’d collapse on the ground at the “come back down” end. I’ve always liked how the ending is understood. Whatever became of Samantha isn’t exactly explained. It’s enough to just imply that things didn’t exactly go as planned.

From What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Kids' Favorite Funny Summer Vacation Poems

What I Did on My Summer Vacation is the first funny poetry book about summer vacation! It will entertain kids all summer, whether they’re away at camp, traveling cross country in a hybrid or staying home with a bookshelf full of good summer reading. It contains over 40 sidesplitting poems about summer vacation that cover everything from the much-anticipated last day of school to family road trips, wacky days at summer camp, learning how to swim, dizzying roller coaster rides at amusement parks, fun-filled days at the beach, and finally, the dreaded first day of school. These hilarious poems are sure to make you count the days until summer vacation begins!

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About the Author

Eric Ode (pronounced Oh-dee) is a national award-winning children’s singer/songwriter, a widely published author and poet, and a thoroughly engaging entertainer. He has contributed poems to dozens of anthologies as well as poems and lyrics to a Grammy Nominated and a Grammy Award winning album. A former elementary teacher, Eric has been invited to share his music and poetry programs with schools, community festivals, libraries, and churches throughout the United States, in Germany, Japan, and in Guam.

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