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.
– Shel Silverstein
Today is Sheldon Allan “Shel” Silverstein’s birthday! He was born September 25, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. He was most notably known as the author of children’s poems and books, including the more popular Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and The Giving Tree.
Did you know that Shel Silverstein was not only an American poet, but also a cartoonist, screenwriter, and singer-songwriter? He didn’t start writing children’s books and poetry until he was 33 years old. He first studied music and established himself as a musician and composer. He even composed the song, “A Boy Named Sue”, which was popularized by Johnny Cash.
In the k-4 Oak Meadow courses, poetry plays an important role in the language arts. Shel Silverstein is by far one of the most revered poets, and his works are often memorized, recited and copied into the students’ poetry books. Even though Shel Silverstein passed away in 1999, his literary works and artistic endeavors live on. So, in honor of this comic genius, I would like to extend my appreciation for his fun, uplifting poetry. Happy Birthday, Uncle Shelby!
by Shel Silverstein
So what if nobody came?
I’ll have ALL the ice cream and tea,
And I’ll laugh with myself,
And I’ll dance with myself,
And I’ll sing, “Happy Birthday to me!”