It’s Hot (a poetic interlude courtesy of Shel Silverstein)

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Here is a poem just perfect for those of us stuck in Chicagoland these days, dealing with the 100 degree Fahrenheit heat wave. This does not bode well for August, when it usually is this hot.

It’s Hot!
By Shel Silverstein

It’s hot!
I can’t get cool,
I’ve drunk a quart of lemonade,
I think I’ll take my shoes off
And sit around in the shade.

It’s hot!
My back is sticky,
The sweat rolls down my chin.
I think I’ll take my clothes off
And sit around in my skin.

It’s hot!
I’ve tried with ‘lectric fans,
And pools and ice cream cones.
I think I’ll take my skin off
And sit around in my bones.

It’s still hot!

Reviewed on June 20, 2012

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  • LOL – Silverstein was so clever!

    Not so hot here in Nova Scotia – just sunny days with a high in the low to mid seventies. Perfect for me. 🙂 I DO feel for you guys sweltering away elsewhere. The heat was one of the reasons we moved from southern Ontario a decade ago.

  • Great poem! It’s pretty hot here in North Carolina too, though only in the 90’s so far. You are right – life with 2 kids doesn’t leave a lot of extra time for much else. Mine are now ages 6 and 4 but they definitely keep me busy! But I enjoy your blog so whenever you have a chance to share is fine. 🙂

  • I love the poem! Today we are having a record high in Dallas of 102! This poem is perfect for me to share with my 4th grade students. We are studying poetry. I’ve posted the link to your poem from my website. I’m sure my class would love to get an email from the author if you have time. :).

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