I tuck my face into my sweater
Still as I can be
I should have studied but I didn’t
PLEASE—don’t call on me
Copyright © 2009 Laura Purdie Salas. From the book Stampede!: Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School. Clarion Books. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for kids, including BookSpeak! Poems About Books, Stampede! Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School, and A Leaf Can Be…. Her books’ honors include NCTE Notable, Bank Street Best Books, Eureka! Gold Medal, IRA Teachers’ Choice, Minnesota Book Award, and more. She loves to introduce kids to poetry and help them find poems they can relate to. She has also written numerous nonfiction books. See more about Laura and her work at www.laurasalas.com.