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That mammogram! That mammogram!
I do not like that mammogram!

Would you like it on a couch?
I think that I would still say ouch!
Would you like it with champagne?
I think that I would still complain.

I do not like that mammogram.
I’d rather eat green eggs and ham.

Would you like it with no squeeze?
I think I’d still be ill at ease.
Would you like it fully dressed?
That I think would be the best.

That mammogram! That mammogram!
I do not like that mammogram!
What, then, would you most prefer?
Maybe others would concur.

If I could have a cute masseuse
Who sounded just like Dr. Seuss,
Perhaps that yearly mammogram
Would not be such a cruel exam.

Then I would like it on a couch
And wouldn’t act like such a grouch;
And I would like it with champagne,
Ignoring that annoying pain.

I would enjoy my mammogram.
I’d be as happy as a clam;
But ‘til that time, I will protest
Each time that tech does squish my breast!

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  1. Date: 2/7/2012 8:13:00 PM
    I love this, Ilene. I'm putting it in my favs. Congrats on your win! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 2/7/2012 2:07:00 PM
    Not sure this is a children's poem but it certainly is Seuss like. congrats on the win. Mike

  1. Date: 2/7/2012 11:22:00 AM
    Congratulations to you on your placement in Gwen's "Dr. Seuss" contest Ilene. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/7/2012 1:33:00 AM
    Congratulations excelllent x

  1. Date: 2/6/2012 10:59:00 PM
    Both witty and a very pertinent topic to boot. I am impressed. Ilene, a souper congratulations on your win!

  1. Date: 2/6/2012 8:25:00 PM
    Congrats. Ilene on your special winning poetry. love,vie

  1. Date: 2/6/2012 2:26:00 PM
    Dear Ilene, You wrote about such an important topic in this Seussical rhyme..I want to print it out and bring it to the Breast Evaluation Center at the hospital where I work with your permission. You should print it out and give it to your friends who need encouragement for a mammogram. I had 4 biopsies last year and it was no laughing matter...With 1 out of 8 women now being diagnosed with breast cancer, your poem has major validity...So proud of your poem in my contest..congrats, lady!!! Gwendolen

  1. Date: 10/5/2011 8:45:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading your poetry this morning Ilene. Love, Carol