Friday, September 16, 2011

Poetry Friday: Where the Sidewalk Ends

Today I was eating lunch at the bookstore and leafing through my new purchase, To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 when a father and son sat down at the table next to me to eat lunch and leaf through their new purchase, Where the Sidewalk Ends. It had obviously been a childhood favorite of the father's, and it was a nice treat to eavesdrop on their conversation as they read poems to each other, talked about poetry form, and how many books have someone write the book and someone else draw the pictures but in this case the same guy did both.

So, in honor of that moment and today being Poetry Friday and all, here's a poem from Where the Sidewalk Ends

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.

Today's round up is over at The Poem Farm.

Also, just a brief note to wax poetic (get it?) about that sandwich I had for lunch. Grilled cheese with 4 kinds of cheese, applewood smoked bacon, and apple chutney. OMG YUM.


Book Provided by... my parents for Christmas in 1987.

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2 comments:

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater said...

I like imagining you eavesdropping (and saving) that father/son conversation as much as I like that favorite ol' Shel poem! And yes, a sandwich for me too! Happy PF! A.

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

Lovelovelove cheese. The description of the sandwich made my mouth water a bit. Yum indeed.

My 9 yo daughter and I have just finished reading "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and we are now halfway through "A Light in the Attic" - for some reason, we connected more deeply with the first book. Shel Silverstein stands as a league of his own. :)