NYWC Ten Under 10: On coconuts and dead rat hamburgers

Welcome to NYWC’s Ten Under 10 Writing Series, featuring the poetry of members of our youth writing workshops under the age of 10. Today food is on the brain — particularly hairy food.

A Stringy Coconut by Maya Kushnick, Age 7

This coconut looks like a hairball from a cat.  (Even though I never saw one before.) It is an asteroid with rings on it. Is it heavy? Is it light? Don’t know! Bumpy, lumpy it hurts a lot. Mmmmm. Yummy, milky. Why did it fall on my head, off a tree?  This someone has a big Mustache! What a nice hairdo.  What a stringy coconut.

Dead Rat Hamburgers

By Tiffany Wong, Age 8

1. 18 dead rats
2. 2 hairy tomatoes
3. Bleu cheese
4. Moldy bread
5. Blood (optional: shoot a person with a bazooka gun to get the blood.)
6. Grater
7. Bowl
8. Spoon
9. Hair

1. Grate bleu cheese and drop 3 gallons of blood into the bowl
2. Dice tomato
3. Wash dead mice or rat in blood*
4. Cook rats
5. Put everything together
Stink up and enjoy!

*Do not dry

“Dead Rat Hamburgers” was contributed  in 2006 by Tiffany Wong when she was eight years old and appears in
 If These Streets Could Talk: Fiction & Poetry from the NY Writers CoalitionYou’ll find this and other writing from our youth program in the NYWC Bookstore.

 Maya Kushnick is a member of the NY Writers Coalition youth workshop Ridge Kids, which meets every Thursday at Brooklyn Public Library, Bay Ridge Branch. Click here for more information on NYWC youth programming.

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