Cadenza: No Poem Today

The Horn Book is 100!

Hoorah and Hooray!
To celebrate I’ll poe out a poem!
If I can think what to say…
After my uninspiring, hum-drummish day.

I woke feeling “blah,”
For the sky, it was gray.
And I tread the same boring path,
In the same boring way.
Is today Tuesday or Wednesday?
’Tis all and the same.
But this day means me no harm,
So no need to heap on the shame.

In truth, there’s a grand thing about
This day of no specialness.
I can rest assured that forgetting it
Will be an effort that’s effortless!

Alas and alack, no poem
Will be writ,
But we’ll all carry on—
The Horn Book won’t need it.
(Now, pretend, my dear friend,
That you didn’t just read it.)

From the March/April 2024 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. For more Horn Book centennial coverage, click here.

Bob Odenkirk and Erin Odenkirk

Bob Odenkirk is known for acting (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) and writing comedy sketches. His daughter, Erin Odenkirk, is a graduate of Pratt Institute. They are the author and illustrator, respectively, of Zilot & Other Important Rhymes.

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