Image of "The Terrible Thing About Cindy" poem from children's poetry book "Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain" by Barbara Vance

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The Terrible Thing About Cindy

The terrible thing about Cindy
Is she packs a powerful punch.
I learned this yesterday at school
When I tried to take her lunch.

I had only meant to tease her,
To make her squeal and twist.
The last thing I expected
Was her calculated fist.

She socked me in the stomach;
She’s more than slightly deft.
And sent me stumbling to my knees
As she snatched her lunch and left.

After that I was quite sorry
I had tussled with a pro –
I wish my friends had told me
That she practiced tae kwon do.

~ Barbara Vance

Excerpt from the poetry collection “Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain”

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