Whatif

By: Shel Silverstein

Last night, while I lay thinking here, some whatifs crawled inside my ear and pranced and partied all night long and sang their same old whatif song: Whatif I'm dumb in school? Whatif they've closed the swimming pool? Whatif I get beatup? Whatif there's poison in my cup? Whatif I start to cry? Whatif I get sick and die? Whatif I flunk that test? Whatif green hair grows on my chest? Whatif nobody likes me? Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me? Whatif I don't grow taller? Whatif my head starts getting smaller? Whatif the fish won't bite? Whatif the wind tears up my kite? Whatif they start a war? Whatif my parents get divorced? Whatif the bus is late? Whatif my teeth don't grow in straight? Whatif I tear my pants? Whatif I never learn to dance? Everything seems well, and then the nighttime Whatifs strikes again!