First Grade Teacher
Never shake a baby.
  It's what we've all been told.
But these kids keep misbehaving
  no matter how I scold.

Never shake a baby.
  But what am I to do?
First graders are so wild.
  I've yelled until I'm blue.

I'm angry and I'm shaking.
  My eyes are glowing red.
I'm foaming at the mouth.
  I've got pressure in my head.

If a doctor were to see me
  I'd be diagnosed with rabies.
Until I stop and realize --
  First graders are not babies.

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