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Young Writers Project: Little Mistake


Recorded in front of a live audience at a Young Writers Project open mic night.

Little Mistake    
By Roland Downey
Grade Eleven, The Putney School

I haven’t got a temperature,
My mind is sharp and clear,
And yet I am quite sure,
There’s something wrong up here.

I’m hoping you can help me, doctor,
I’ve got a problem now.
My head keeps getting hotter,
And my ear is turning brown.

I’ve figured out your problem, sir,
Your head pains and your ear,
Are all from one mistake you made,
Before your visit here.

Your mistake of sitting down,
In the fireplace upstairs,
Has caused a chain reaction,
And set fire to your hair.

Learn more about the Young Writers Project's newest anthology of work by young Vermont writers.


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