Thursday, August 27, 2009


When I was in 2nd grade in the eighties, my teacher read us poems from "Where the Sidewalk Ends" 1974 by Shel Silverstein. We were required to create our own poems and draw a picture to go with it. I still have my original. (Well it's not completely original because I actually used the same first line in one of his poems in mine. Hey I was in 2nd grade!)

I have to admit, poetry is not one of my strengths. I'm too literal and don't really understand most poems. Regardless, I think they're important for children to learn. They'll be exposed to it throughout their education, and many people learn to love poetry.

Shadow Wash

"I've never washed my shadow out
In all the time I've had it.
It was absolutely filthy I supposed,
And so today I peeled it off
The wall where it was leaning
And stuck it in the washtub
With the clothes.
I put in soap and bleach and stuff,
I let it soak for hours,
I wrung it out and hung it out to dry,
And whoever would have thunk
That it would have gone and shrunk
For now it's so much
Littler than I."

My 2nd grade teacher also read us poems from Silverstein's book called "A Light in the Attic". 1981 It was on the New York Times Bestseller List for 182 weeks!

You can learn more about Silverstein and his books by visiting his website You can color, play games and create poems.

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