Wanda was a hugger.
It’s how she said hello.
The folks she squeezed were less than pleased
at how the hugs would go.
She held each victim tightly,
compressed each torso snugly.
Her steel embrace could turn your face
a dozen shades of ugly.
She hugged her friends and neighbors.
Their cats and doggies too.
She pressed their lungs and popped their tongues
and left them black-and-blue.
The crushing now has ended.
Let’s give a cheer for Wanda!
Though clearly nuts, it did take guts
to hug an anaconda. . . .
— Kurt Cyrus
Copyright © 2013. All Rights Reserved. From Your Skeleton Is Showing: Rhymes of Blunder From Six Feet Under. Hyperion Books for Children. Reprinted by permission of the author.
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From Your Skeleton Is Showing: Rhymes of Blunder From Six Feet Under
The spectacular rhymes of Kurt Cyrus, paired with the deliciously grim illustrations of Crab Scrambly, take readers on an adventure through the friendliest and wackiest graveyard you’ll ever find! This collection of dead-pan poems is sure to be a perennial favorite and is the perfect off-beat introduction to poetry.