Monday, January 9, 2012

listen to the mustn'ts

i found this old poem from shel silverstein.

"listen to the mustn'ts, child, listen to the don'ts.
listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts.
listen to the never haves, then listen close to me.
anything can happen, child, anything can be."

somehow feels very appropriate for this particular moment in time. also, i read shel silverstein from a very young age. how scary were some of his poem/illustrations? i'm not really sure when i'll introduce to elodie...

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  1. This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing... :)

  2. Really adorable! I need to pick up that book again...

  3. As a child, I was really into his work too. Then I found a book of his more, ahem, adult works on my parent's bookshelf.The book was definitely not meant for a child's eyes and whenever I read the Giving Tree, or A light in the Attic, I've gotta laugh because I have the images from Different Dances in my head too and can't seem to shake them.

  4. I loved Shel Silverstein as a child, especially The Giving Tree. The words and sentences were so simple, yet profound in its little lessons on living and living well.


  5. Great poem! Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I haven't read Shel Silverstein in such a long while!