Jack Prelutsky

(8 September 1940 / Brooklyn, New York)

The Visitor - Poem by Jack Prelutsky

it came today to visit
and moved into the house
it was smaller than an elephant
but larger than a mouse

first it slapped my sister
then it kicked my dad
then it pushed my mother
oh! that really made me mad

it went and tickled rover
and terrified the cat
it sliced apart my necktie
and rudely crushed my hat

it smeared my head with honey
and filled the tub with rocks
and when i yelled in anger
it stole my shoes and socks

that's just the way it happened
it happened all today
before it bowed politely
and softly went away


Comments about The Visitor by Jack Prelutsky

  • Drtony Brahmin (2/28/2019 4:33:00 AM)

    it smeared my head with honey
    and filled the tub with rocks
    and when i yelled in anger
    it stole my shoes and socks...... bowed politely and softly went away. very clear message. i wonder at your power of imagination. tony
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  • Drtony Brahmin (1/30/2019 9:24:00 AM)

    it smeared my head with honey
    and filled the tub with rocks
    and when i yelled in anger
    it stole my shoes and socks...and softly went away.. a fine poem. tony
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  • (5/7/2018 11:32:00 PM)

    It's pretty funny and reminded me of Dr. Seuss' Thing 1 and Thing 2. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/18/2018 2:43:00 PM)

    i did a bickfip today and tomarwer (Report)Reply

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  • Damion Hamilton (2/27/2018 6:48:00 PM)

    funny. Wish I knew what it was. (Report)Reply

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  • Seamus O Brian (2/27/2018 2:47:00 PM)

    Reminds me of Seuss' Thing 1 and Thing 2. A rollicking adventure on an otherwise ordinary day. A delightful interlude. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/27/2018 1:15:00 PM)

    Before it bowed politely! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/27/2018 10:51:00 AM)

    Really really funny..Was it a troublesome spirit? (Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (2/27/2018 10:33:00 AM)

    Was it a very fat lady love of yours?
    I guess so, whom you have pointed at nowhere althrough this poem.
    Humorous and lovely writing.
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (2/27/2018 6:33:00 AM)

    Humorous but I can't catch who was the visitor. Enjoyed the flow and rhyming. Very nice. Thanks for sharing and congrats. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/27/2018 1:42:00 AM)

    it smeared my head with honey
    and filled the tub with rocks
    and when i yelled in anger
    it stole my shoes and socks- - excellent poem- -thanks for sharing- -10
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (2/27/2018 1:37:00 AM)

    Dear Jack, you have astutely and cutely inscribed this poem. Though it is an imaginative write yet it brings riddle to readers. Interesting expression. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the poem of the day. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/27/2018 1:25:00 AM)

    What a delight funny and bright We have all had this I think great write (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/27/2018 12:58:00 AM)

    Jack, such an entertaining poem. Congrats for being chosen....10+++++ (Report)Reply

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  • Practicing Poetess (2/27/2018 12:37:00 AM)

    Hmmmm, I wonder what 'it' was.
    To wreak such havoc, and then to bow politely and softly leave!
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  • (2/5/2018 9:13:00 AM)

    What was it (Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu Dike (1/15/2017 6:42:00 AM)

    Profound piece that leaves the reader with an enigma to ponder. A masterpiece! (Report)Reply

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  • (1/14/2016 9:16:00 AM)

    it went and tickled rover
    and terrified the cat
    it sliced apart my necktie
    and rudely crushed my hat
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  • (8/20/2014 12:38:00 AM)

    im doing this for my exam and i nned the inner meaning (Report)Reply

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  • (8/20/2014 12:38:00 AM)

    im doing this for my exam and i nned the inner meaning (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003



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