As I’ve been posting about this week, we exchange poetry, not gifts, on Hanukkah.
“I EAT KIDS YUM YUM!” by Dennis Lee is one of our family’s favorite poems:
I EAT KIDS YUM YUM!
A child went out one day.
She only went to play.
A mighty monster came along
And sang its might monster song:
“I EAT KIDS YUM YUM!
I STUFF THEM DOWN MY TUM.
I ONLY LEAVE THE TEETH AND CLOTHES.
(I SPECIALLY LIKE THE TOES.)”
The child was not amused.
She stood there and refused.
Then with a skip and a little twirl
She sang the song of a hungry girl:
“I EAT MONSTERS BURP!
THEY MAKE ME SQUEAL AND SLURP.
IT’S TIME TO CHOMP AND TAKE A CHEW–
AND WHAT I’ll CHEW IS YOU!”
The monster ran like that!
It didn’t stop to chat.
(The child went skipping home again
And ate her brother’s model train.)
Here’s a 40-second video of Hesperus (10) and Athena (8) reciting and acting out this poem. It’s very silly. If you look closely, you can see Etani (6) peeking out from under the table.