Listen To The Mustn’ts – Poetry Friday

To finish off the month of May, I’ve decided to pick another Shel Silverstein poem, but this time from Where the Sidewalk Ends. I love this poem. I remember memorizing it in third grade for a coffee-house I participated in. This whole collection of poems is my favorite from Silverstein. There are so many creative and inspiring moments for kids. It’s on my top recommendations for parents who come in looking for poetry for those elementary age cuties. Here is my favorite entry:

Listen to the Mustn’ts

Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child,

Listen to the DON’TS

Listen to the SHOULDN’TS


Listen to the NEVER HAVES

Then listen close to me —

Anything can happen, child,

ANYTHING can be.

Where the Sidewalk Ends



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