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Every Thing on It by Shel Silverstein
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Nov 08, 11

Read in November, 2011

The thing that makes Shel Silverstein a genius is that his unquestionable hilarity makes the truly profound moments that much more poignant. It's hard to believe this many wonderful poems were never published in Silverstein's lifetime. One of my favorite things about reading this collection was how much it brought me back to my childhood. And it made me realize how much Silverstein has influenced my own silly, macabre sense of humor. It was also neat to recognize writers like Edward Gorey and Roald Dahl in his work; something I can appreciate as an adult that I didn't understand a kid. Here is one of my favorite poems:

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THE CLOCK MAN

"How much wil you pay for an extra day?"
The clock man asked the child.
"Not one penny," the answer came,
"For my days are as many as smiles."

"How much will you pay for an extra day?"
He asked when the child was grown.
"Maybe a dollar or maybe less,
For I've plenty of days of my own."

"How much will you pay for an extra day?"
He asked when the time came to die.
"All of the pearls in all of the seas,
And all of the stars in the sky."

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Beautiful.
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