The Spinach Problem

Poems for kids The Spinach Problem illustration of laughing kids
What would YOU do, if your friend had spinach between their teeth?
The Spinach Problem

My friend has spinach in his teeth.
I don’t know what to do.
If I tell him, he’ll be mad at me.
If I don’t, he’ll be mad too.

If I let him walk around
with spinach hanging from his gums
how can I believe that we’re true friends,
that we’re true chums.

But if I’m the one who tells him,
He might think that I am mean.
My friend has spinach in his teeth,
but I don’t want a scene.

Maybe if I wrote a note
and didn’t sign my name.
Maybe if I gave him hints
like part of some fun game.

No, I just can’t do it.
I just cannot tell my friend
that he has spinach in his teeth,
our friendship sure will end.

Uh Oh, here comes Rebecca.
She is sure to make a fuss.
She’ll see the spinach in his teeth
and then tease both of us.

She told him! Told him right up front!
And now he’s thanking her.
I can’t believe it, there they go,
great friends, Oh, I’m so sure!

So now I sit here all alone.
Shoulda spoken, I suppose.
Think I’ll go tell Rebecca
she’s got something in her nose.


Copyright Arden Davidson, 1998



Illustration created with elements from Pixabay.



1. Would you have told your friend if they had spinach in between their teeth? Why or why not?

2. Do you think friends should tell each other everything?

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