Do you have a fave Shel Silverstein poem?

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  1. heavens54

    heavens54 Connoisseur

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    I love them. Do you have a favorite?
     
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  3. diana

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    Sadly, the only poem of his that I'm familiar with is The Giving Tree. I always keep meaning to read more of his work. What poems do you recommend?
     
  4. MissAnt

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    My favorites are Hug O'War and Messy Room.
     
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    When I was 10, my day camp did a performance of "Cloony the Clown". Even then I was struck by the melancholy of it (I had no idea what the word melancholy meant but I got the feeling). Decades later, I used the poem in my linguistics class for a phonology exercise. I think I was the only one who enjoyed the assignment.
     
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    My favorite is "Smart". Where he trades his quarter for 2 dimes because 2 is more than one, etc.
     
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    Oh....do I have to pick a favorite? Lets see....hmmmmm....nope, can't do it....

    The ones that immediately competed for attention were:

    Peanut Butter Sandwich
    Lazy Jane
    Sick
    Listen to the Musn'ts
    The one about the band-aids
    The one where the kid is selling his little sister


    Oh...there are so many more....
     
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    Loser

    Mama said I'd lose my head
    If it wasn't fastened on.
    Today I guess it wasn't
    'Cause while playing with my cousin
    It fell off and rolled away
    And now its gone.

    And I can't look for it
    'Cause my eyes are in it,
    And I can't call to it
    'Cause my mouth is on it
    (Couldn't hear me anyway
    'Cause my ears are on it),
    Can't even think about it
    'Cause my brain is in it.
    So I guess I'll sit down
    On this rock
    And rest for just a minute…
     
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    Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage Out
     
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    I love this one too, I used it for a writing lesson. My students had to write a letter to the boy explaining what they thought about his choice.
     
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    We do a visualizing activity with "Homework Machine"
     
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    I can't for the life of me remember the title, but it's the one where the kid is naming off his/her illnesses forever but then snaps out of it once s/he realizes it's Saturday. I love it because it's fun to read aloud and get dramatic w/!
     
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    "Sick"

    'I cannot go to school today, '
    Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
    'I have the measles and the mumps,
    A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
    My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
    I'm going blind in my right eye.
    My tonsils are as big as rocks,
    I've counted sixteen chicken pox
    And there's one more-that's seventeen,
    And don't you think my face looks green?
    My leg is cut-my eyes are blue-
    It might be instamatic flu.
    I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
    I'm sure that my left leg is broke-
    My hip hurts when I move my chin,
    My belly button's caving in,
    My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained,
    My 'pendix pains each time it rains.
    My nose is cold, my toes are numb.
    I have a sliver in my thumb.
    My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
    I hardly whisper when I speak.
    My tongue is filling up my mouth,
    I think my hair is falling out.
    My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight,
    My temperature is one-o-eight.
    My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
    There is a hole inside my ear.
    I have a hangnail, and my heart is-what?
    What's that? What's that you say?
    You say today is...Saturday?
    G'bye, I'm going out to play! '
     
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    I LOVE Boa Constrictor!! I use this alot with visualization & envisionment!! I even have the cassette tape and we listen to Shel perform the poem in his own voice. The ending is so cool!:)

    Boa Constrictor
    Oh, I'm being eaten
    By a boa constrictor,
    A boa constrictor,
    A boa constrictor,
    I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor,
    And I don't like it--one bit.
    Well, what do you know?
    It's nibblin' my toe.
    Oh, gee,
    It's up to my knee.
    Oh my,
    It's up to my thigh.
    Oh, fiddle,
    It's up to my middle.
    Oh, heck,
    It's up to my neck.
    Oh, dread,
    It's upmmmmmmmmmmffffffffff . . .
    :lol:
     
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    Okay, I picked a favorite*....

    Listen to the Musn'ts

    Listen to the musn'ts child
    Listen to the don'ts
    Listen to the shouldn'ts
    The impossibles and wont's
    Listen to the never haves
    Then listen close to me
    Anything can happen child
    Anything can be

    *This is the only one I didn't have to consult a book to be able to recite....tough I got pretty close with "Sick".
     
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    This, and Boa Constrictor.
     
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    I didn't realize that you could by tapes of Shel reciting his own poetry. That must be pretty good to listen to...
     
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    Absolutely! I have A Light in the Attic on CD and used to play it on my college radio show. His sense of humor spills out in the way he reads.
     
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    I love "Sick" because that is how I felt about school as a kid.

    "I cannot go to school today,
    Said little Peggy Ann Mckay.
    I have the measles and the mumps,
    A gash, a rash, and purple bumps..."
     
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    I love everything in Where the Sidewalk Ends. Sarah Cythia Sylvia Stout would not take the garbage out... Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too went for a ride in a flying shoe...Jimmy Jet and his tv set... This was the most popular book in the library when I was in about 5th/6th grade (1980ish). I was so proud when I won a copy of the book in a school contest that year and I still have it on my bookshelf! A few years ago I purchased the cd of Shel Silverstein reading the poems too which is great.
     
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    I had to memorize this in 7th grade and can still recite it on demand.
     
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    This is so going on my next Vista Print poster. Love it!
     
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    Sick and Boa Constrictor... I still remember learning Boa Constrictor from when I memorized it way back in 2nd grade!
     

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