Ethan practicing his piece, Parts by Tedd Arnold, for a poem recitation contest.
And this one was taken during the actual literary contest.
So, you think you’re just an ordinary person?
Then you start to notice things like your hair falling out
Is this normal? Or are you just coming unglued!
PARTS by Tedd Arnold
I just don’t know what’s going on
Or why it has to be?
But everyday it’s something worse!
What’s happening to me?
I think, it was three days ago
I first became aware
That in my comb were caught a couple
Pieces of my hair!
I stared at them, amazed, and more
Than just a bit appalled
To think that I was only five!
And starting to go bald!
Then later on (I don’t recall
exactly when it was)
I lifted up my shirt and found
A little piece of fuzz.
I stared at it, amazed, and wondered
What’s this all about?
But then I understood,
It was my stuffing coming out!
Then the next day when I was outside playing
With the water hose,
I saw that little bits of skin
Were peeling from my toes!
I stared at them, amazed, and then
I gave a little groan, huh….
To think that pretty soon I might
Be peeled down to the bone!
Then yesterday, before my bath,
As I took off my clothes,
A chunk of something grey and wet
Fell right out of my nose!
I stared at it, amazed, and thought
I should be feeling pain.
Well, wouldn’t you if you just lost
A little piece of your brain?
So now, today, I’m sitting here
Enjoying Dr. Seuss,
And suddenly I realize
A tooth is coming loose!
I wiggle it, amazed, dismayed,
Too horrified to speak!
Without my teeth, how could I eat?
I already feel weak!
Now I’m really worried.
I’m as scared as I can be,
‘Cause finally what’s happening
Is very clear to see—
The glue that holds our parts together
isn’t holding me!!!
And now I’m thinking to myself,
What’s next in line to go?
Might be my ears, might be my eyeballs
How’s a kid to know?
One day I might be playing ball
And have my arm fall off.
Or maybe I could lose my head
If I suddenly start to cough.
Quite soon I’ll be in pieces
A pile without a shape!
Thank goodness! Dad keeps lots and lots
And lots of masking tape.
WHAT? You forgot to tell me
That teeth fall out?
And when they do, some brand new teeth
Will begin to sprout?
My hair, my skin, and everything –
There’s nothing I should fear?
So all of me is normal! Huh!
That’s really good to hear
Then tell me, what’s this yellow stuff
That I got out of my ear? Ewww!