40 Hilariously Funny Poems To Read and Share

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A poem called About the Teeth of Sharks by John Ciardi.

Are your students reluctant to learn about poetry? Luckily, poetry knows no bounds! If you want to switch things up with your next poetry lesson, try adding some humorous poems into the mix. Your class will love these funny, relatable poems. Check out our list below of 30 funny poems for your students to enjoy!

Our Favorite Funny Poems for Everyone

1. The Crocodile by Lewis Carroll

“How cheerfully he seems to grin …”

2. How Not to Have to Dry the Dishes by Shel Silverstein

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“Such an awful, boring chore.”

3. Be Glad Your Nose Is On Your Face by Jack Prelutsky

“Within your ear, your nose would be …”

4. Don’t Go Into the Library by Alberto Rios

“The library is dangerous …”

5. Sick by Shel Silverstein


“I cannot go to school today.”

6. My Kitten Is a Ninja by Kenn Nesbitt

“He sneaks up on me stealthily …”

7. My Next Door Neighbor Is a Witch by Samiya Vallee

“Her clothing is a little strange …”

8. The Boy Who Didn’t Like Ice Cream by Rebecca Syx

“Ice cream was everywhere …”

9. Sweet Treat Dream by Gillian M. Ward

“If my world were made of chocolate …”

10. Don’t Be Silly by Dave Moran

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“Why does cheese look like gold?”

11. Tom Tigercat by J. Patrick Lewis

“Tom Tigercat is noted / for his manners and his wit.”

12. Herbert Hillbert Hubert Snod by Denise Rodgers

“… he spread toothpaste on his toast.”

13. The Silliest Teacher in School by Darren Sardelli

“Our teacher gave detention …”

14. My Butler by Steve Hanson

“My mom got me a butler …”

15. Carpet Seeds by Steve Hanson

“A rug crept up the wall.”

16. About the Teeth of Sharks by John Ciardi

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“The thing about a shark is – teeth …”

17. The Nest by Jessica Amanda Salmonson

“Have you heard about the bird …”

18. Math Blues by Cindi Rockwell

“I can’t find the angle for a celebration …”

19. Homework by Mariam Traore

“All kids say it stinks …”

20. My Doggy Ate My Essay by Darren Sardelli

“I did not try to stop him.”

21. The Parakeets by Alberto Blanco

A poem called The Parakeets by Alberto Blanco.

“They talk all day …”

22. Mother Doesn’t Want a Dog by Judith Viorst

“Mother says they smell …”

23. My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson

“I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me …”

24. Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne

“When I was one …”

25. Help Wanted by Timothy Tocher

“Santa needs new reindeer.”

26. Summer Camp Souvenirs by Richard Thomas

“The poison ivy’s not too bad.”

27. Adventures of Isabel by Ogden Nash

“Isabel met an enormous bear …”

28. The Dentist and the Crocodile by Roald Dahl

“The crocodile, with cunning smile, sat in the dentist’s chair.”

29. Daddy Fell Into the Pond by Alfred Noyes

A poem called Daddy Fell Into the Pond by Alfred Noyes.

“And everyone’s face grew merry and bright …”

30. The Vulture by Hilaire Belloc

“The Vulture eats between his meals …”

31. How to Paint a Wall by Joanna Fuchs

“While I went off to work one day…”

32. Working From Home by Phil J. Johnson

The grass needs cutting,
I must mend the gate.
I’m expecting a parcel,
I hope it’s not late.
I must get a wash on.
There’s the ironing too.
The gas bill needs paying.
There’s so much to do.
I must send that email.
I can’t really moan,
This is the life,
When you’re working from home.

I’m due a long lie in
I must feed the cat.
There’s the dishes to do,
I’ll get round to that.
I’ll de-frost the freezer
If I’ve got time,
But I’m watching the cricket.
Sky Sports is just fine!
I’ll look at that spreadsheet,
Use my mobile phone,
So everyone knows
That I’m working from home.

33. Our Imperfect Dog by Cynthia Naspinski 

“We love our dog with all our hearts…”

34. How the Pope is Chosen by James Tate

“Any poodle under 10 inches high is a toy…”

35. The People Upstairs by Ogden Nash

The people upstairs all practise ballet
Their living room is a bowling alley
Their bedroom is full of conducted tours.
Their radio is louder than yours,
They celebrate week-ends all the week.
When they take a shower, your ceilings leak.
They try to get their parties to mix
By supplying their guests with Pogo sticks,
And when their fun at last abates,
They go to the bathroom on roller skates.
I might love the people upstairs more
If only they lived on another floor.

36. Messy Room by Shel Silverstein

“Whosever room this is should be ashamed…”

37. Yes, I’ll Marry You, My Dear by Pam Ayres

“Yes, I’ll marry you my dear and here’s the reason why…”

38. Granny by Spike Milligan

Through every nook and every cranny
The wind blew in on poor old Granny
Around her knees, into each ear
(And up her nose as well, I fear)

All through the night the wind grew worse
It nearly made the vicar curse
The top had fallen off the steeple
Just missing him (and other people)

It blew on man, it blew on beast
It blew on nun, it blew on priest
It blew the wig off Auntie Fanny-
But most of all, it blew on Granny!

39. Eating Habits by Alan Balter

“Tomato sauce I’m at a loss…”

40. Monosyllabics By Laura E. Richards

“The black cat sat…”

What are some of your favorite funny poems for the classroom? Share in the comments below!

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