Poem Friday – Shel Silverstein

You can’t have kids poetry without Shel Silverstein, he is the master. For this week’s entry into Poetry Friday I’ve selected a poem from A Light in the Attic. I’ve noticed about Silverstein’s poems, as I’ve re-read them as an adult, is that they don’t mean the same thing to me now as they did 10-15 years ago. When I was little this particular poem was just fun and silly. I like to figure out where all the characters he mentioned came from. Now that I’m older it means so much more. It’s about imagination, possibilities, and that even the littlest thing can mean so very, very much!

Picture Puzzle Piece

One picture puzzle piece

Lyin’ on the sidewalk,

One picture puzzle piece

Soakin’ in the rain.

It might be a button of blue

On the coat of the woman

Who lived in a shoe.

It might be a magical bean,

Or a fold in the red

Velvet robe of a queen.

It might be the one little bite

Of the apple her stepmother

Gave to Snow White.

It might be the veil of a bride

Or a bottle with some evil genie inside.

It might be a small tuft of hair

On the big bouncy belly

Of Bobo the Bear.

it might be a bit of the cloak

Of the Witch of the West

As she melted to smoke.

It might be a shadowy trace

Of a tear that runs down an angel’s face.

Nothing has more possibilities

Then one old wet picture puzzle piece.

 

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