When my oldest son was little, I started reading him Shel Silverstein. He got mixed up when I told him that these were poems, and poetry, and he called it all poemtry. Although now he knows what it’s really called, as each son has grown up, we’ve called it poemtry, just for fun.

Anyway, last night my number four wanted me to read him some poemtry. And while I could never pick out my favorite Shel Silverstein poem, this one certainly has to rank in the top ten.


She drank from a bottle called DRINK ME
And up she grew so tall,
She ate from a plate called TASTE ME
And down she shrank so small.
And so she changed, while other folks
Never tried nothin’ at all.

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4 Responses to Poemtry

  1. Josi says:

    I love this!

  2. Jon Scoresby says:

    I think this has to be my favorite

    Inside everybody’s nose
    There lives a sharp-toothed snail.
    So if you stick your finger in,
    He may bite off your nail.
    Stick it farther up inside,
    And he may bite your ring off.
    Stick it all the way, and he
    May bite the whole darn thing off.

  3. Callie says:

    I’m partial to-

    There’s too many kids in this tub,
    Too many elbows to scrub,
    I washed a behind,
    I’m not sure it was mine.
    There’s too many kids in this tub.

    Seriously how could you not love Shel Silverstein! I love all of his stuff!

  4. Matthew Buckley says:

    Callie, that one also has to be in my top 10. Of course, I’m always partial to bathroom humor, so…

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