Poem : How Many, How Much.

I heard a story on NPR this morning about one of my favorite poets, Shel Silverstein. His family is publishing a new collection of his poems this week called "Every Thing On It," which I can't wait to purchase. 

Did you read Shel Silverstein growing up? His Where the Sidewalk Ends was one of my favorite books as a kid. This is one of my favorite poems from that book that I still remember word for word nearly 15 years later. 

How Many, How Much.

How many slams in an old screen door? 
    Depends how loud you shut it. 
How many slices in a bread? 
    Depends how thin you cut it. 
How much good inside a day? 
    Depends how good you live 'em. 
How much love inside a friend? 
    Depends how much you give 'em.

I also love this Silverstein poem. Do you have a favorite?


Sarah said...

I LOVED SS poems when I was younger. I would have to look to find my favorite, but I always remembered this one: "When the light turns green, you go. When the light turns red, you stop. But what do you do when the light turns blue with orange and lavender spots?"

Whitney said...

I absolutely LOVE every poem in "Falling Up"! I'm so glad you reminded me of these beautiful works of literary art! I will be seeking out my SS collection when I'm at the parental's later this week. love you!

Rebekah Hope said...

I once made a white elephant gift based on this poem by Shel:

Teddy said it was a hat
So I put it on
Now Dad's saying
"Where the heck's the toilet plunger gone?"

(it was a plunger with a chin strap, painted silver.)

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