Wednesday, July 7, 2010

There's Something About...

When I was a child, not so long ago, my mother would read to me the many Shel Silverstein poems. Along with the cartoon drawings, these clever poems came to life, and I remember being compared to Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout (who would not take the garbage out).
My favorite of the books is Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Giving Tree, & A Light in the Attic.

Shel Silverstein was born on September 25, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois and began writing and drawing at a young age. He became a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter.

Where the Sidewalk Ends
By Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

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