29 October 2006


J, who is three, enjoys A Light in the Attic. O says Shel Silverstein's best poems are the ones that are really about himself. This led me to a new appreciation of his stuff.

I've never dealt draw poker
In a rowdy lumber camp.
Or got up at the count of nine
To beat the worlds champ.
I've never had my picture on
A six-cent postage stamp.
I've never scored a touchdown
On a ninety-nine yard run.
I've never winged six Daltons
With my dying brother's gun...
Or kissed Miz Jane, and rode my hoss
Into the setting sun.
Sometimes I get so depressed
'Bout what I haven't done.
—Shel Silverstein, Never

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