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I Used To Have a Sister

by Barry Louis Polisar

I used to have a sister, until just recently;
A sister who was oh, so mean to me.
So I learned some magic tricks; could turn a dog into a cat,
I made a meat ball talk, I pulled a rabbit from my hat.
I made the TV walk, I made the broom dance at night,
I grew fur on our furniture, and gave our snowman sight.
And I told my sister, "you'd better stay clear--
Or I'll call up the magic words to make you disappear."

Well she just turned around; tried to whack me on my nose,
She pulled my hair, she bit my hand, and stomped upon my toes.
I quickly closed my eyes, gave my head a little jerk
And then I said the magic words and hoped that it would work.
I said, "skinny ba binny ba babble dee boo...
Lobbady lobbady liiddy lap loo"

I opened my eyes slowly and as tall as can be
In the corner by the TV set stood a big apple tree;
My magic didn't work--she was supposed to be gone,
Not be an apple tree...oh what had I done wrong?
And though I'm very sorry, I know all is not lost
Because me and my family all love applesauce.
There's only one problem as far as we can see;
The apples that we pick from her are sour as can be.

Copyright by Barry Louis Polisar

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