April Fool’s Day
Mackenzie put a whoopie cushion
on the teacher’s chair.
Makayla told the teacher
that a bug was in her hair.
Alyssa brought an apple
with a purple gummy worm
and gave it to the teacher
just to see if she would squirm.
Elijah left a piece of plastic
dog doo on the floor,
and Vincent put some plastic vomit
in the teacher’s drawer.
Amanda put a goldfish
in the teacher’s drinking glass.
These April Fool’s Day pranks
are ones that you could use in class.
Before you go and try them, though,
there’s something I should mention:
The teacher wasn’t fooling
when she put us in detention.
— Kenn Nesbitt
April Fool’s Day
Talk about yer Chris’masses
Fourth o’ Julys and cirkusses—
They ain’t in it for the real fun
That’s to be had on April one;
Even Hallowe’en is very tame
To April first—that is ‘f yer game.
I think that April first must be
Ind’pendence Day fer kids like me,
When we kin play all sorts of jokes
And not be punished by our folks—
Though pa, he says, in a threat’nin’ way:
“Bill, no nonsense from you today!”
When Jim’s pants legs are found sewed up;
When ma of coffee takes a sup
And finds the sugar tastes like salt—
I say, quite inn’cent, “Taint my fault.”
They frown and say, half-scold, half-laugh,
“This here is some of Willie’s chaff.”
The teacher has her troubles too
(You know what mischeevous boys can do).
But when I hollered “April Fool!”
She kept me in long after school.
I didn’t care much for I knew
She wasn’t game—like me or you.
Say, you look as though you might
Know how a boy ‘d feel at night,
As though a big day’s work was done,
And how h’d fooled ’em all—’cept one—
For pa, he’d said to me, one side,
“Don’t ye fool Me, ‘r I’ll tan yer hide!”
— Will E. Cowles.