Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Poems...for Everyone!

Reading to my boys from Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein last night.  It has probably been thirty years since I've read those poems--I remember loving them the first time.  We only read a few because it was almost time for bed, and we realized we were missing Dancing With the Stars (which they love to watch with me--how about that Daniel Laruso!), but these were my favorites from last night:


Listen to the MUSTN'TS child,
Listen to the DON'TS
Listen to the SHOULDN'TS
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me--
Anything can happen, child,
ANYTHING can be.


Sandra's seen a leprechaun,
Eddie touched a troll,
Laurie danced with witches once,
Charlie found some goblins' gold.
Donald heard a mermaid sing,
Susy spied an elf,
But all the magic I have known
I've had to make myself.

Then found this picture today, and it made me this of this second poem all over again...


Silver Strands said...

I love his poetry ... so vivid and fun!

Stacy said...

Oh, Shel Silverstein is great. I remember I was so disappointed when my mom wouldn't buy me Where the Sidewalk Ends. So naturally I bought a copy for my nieces!

Love the lantern picture.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

That made me smile. Thanks.

Barrie said...

I haven't cracked open that book in years. I think Child #4 would love it!!