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9 Animal And Tree Rights Poems By Shel Silverstein

by Shel Silverstein Afficianado Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 at 3:07 PM

The deep meaning inside Shel Silverstein's poems

9 Animal And Tree Ri...
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NINE ANIMAL OR TREE RIGHTS POEMS

BY SHEL SILVERSTEIN



POINT OF VIEW

Thanksgiving dinner's sad and thankless

Christmas dinner's dark and blue

When you stop and try to see it

From the turkey's point of view.

Sunday dinner isn't sunny

Easter feasts are just bad luck

When you see it from the viewpoint

Of a chicken or a duck.

Oh how I once loved tuna salad

Pork and lobsters, lamb chops too

'Til I stopped and looked at dinner

From the dinner's point of view.

MELINDA MAE

Have you heard of tiny Melinda Mae,

Who ate a monstrous whale?

She thought she could,

She said she would,

So she started in right at the tail.

And everyone said,"You're much too small,"

But that didn't bother Melinda at all,

She took little bites and she shewed very slow,

Just like a little girl should...

...and eighty-nine years later she ate that whale

Because she said she would!!!

EARLY BIRD

Oh, if you’re a bird, be an early bird

And catch the worm for your breakfast plate.

If you’re a bird, be an early early bird—

But if you’re a worm, sleep late.

RECIPE FOR A HIPPOPOTAMUS SANDWICH

A hippo sandwich is easy to make.

All you do is simply take

One slice of bread,

One slice of cake,

Some mayonnaise

One onion ring,

One hippopotamus

One piece of string,

A dash of pepper —

That ought to do it.

And now comes the problem…

Biting into it!

DRATS

Can anyone lend me

Two eighty-pound rats?

I want to rid my house of cats.

SLEEPING SARDINES

“I’m tired of eating just beans,” says I,

So I opened a can of sardines.

But they started to squeak,

“Hey, we are tryin’ to sleep.

We were snuggled up tight

Till you let in the light.

You big silly sap, let us finish our nap.

Now close up the lid!”

So that’s what I did…

Will somebody please pass the beans?

MERRY

No one's hangin' stockin's up,

No one's bakin' pie,

No one's lookin' up to see

A new star in the sky.

No one's talkin' brotherhood,

No one's givin' gifts,

And no one loves a Christmas tree

On March the twenty-fifth.

PEOPLE ZOO

I got grabbed by the elk and the caribou.

They tied me up with vine lassoo

And whisked me away to Animaloo,

Where they locked me up in the People Zoo.

Now I’m here in a cage that is small as can be

(You can’t let wild people just run around free),

And I’m fed bread and tea at a quarter to three,

And the animals all come and gander to me.

They point and they giggle and sometimes they spit

(There’s bars on my cage, so they can’t poke or hit),

And they scream, “Do a trick,” but I stubbornly sit,

Not doin’ nothin’ … but thinking’s a bit.

So if you come visit, just howl, honk, or moo

And try to pretend you’re an animal, too.

‘Cause if you’re a person, they’ll throw you into

Cage Two of the zoo here in Animaloo.

THE GIVING TREE

Once there was a tree....

and she loved a little boy.

And everyday the boy would come

and he would gather her leaves

and make them into crowns

and play king of the forest.

He would climb up her trunk

and swing from her branches

and eat apples.

And they would play hide-and-go-seek.

And when he was tired,

he would sleep in her shade.

And the boy loved the tree....

very much.

And the tree was happy.

But time went by.

And the boy grew older.

And the tree was often alone.

Then one day the boy came to the tree

and the tree said, "Come, Boy, come and

climb up my trunk and swing from my

branches and eat apples and play in my

shade and be happy."

"I am too big to climb and play" said

the boy.

"I want to buy things and have fun.

I want some money?"

"I'm sorry," said the tree, "but I

have no money.

I have only leaves and apples.

Take my apples, Boy, and sell them in

the city. Then you will have money and

you will be happy."

And so the boy climbed up the

tree and gathered her apples

and carried them away.

And the tree was happy.

But the boy stayed away for a long time....

and the tree was sad.

And then one day the boy came back

and the tree shook with joy

and she said, "Come, Boy, climb up my trunk

and swing from my branches and be happy."

"I am too busy to climb trees," said the boy.

"I want a house to keep me warm," he said.

"I want a wife and I want children,

and so I need a house.

Can you give me a house ?"

" I have no house," said the tree.

"The forest is my house,

but you may cut off

my branches and build a

house. Then you will be happy."

And so the boy cut off her branches

and carried them away

to build his house.

And the tree was happy.

But the boy stayed away for a long time.

And when he came back,

the tree was so happy

she could hardly speak.

"Come, Boy," she whispered,

"come and play."

"I am too old and sad to play,"

said the boy.

"I want a boat that will

take me far away from here.

Can you give me a boat?"

"Cut down my trunk

and make a boat," said the tree.

"Then you can sail away...

and be happy."

And so the boy cut down her trunk

and made a boat and sailed away.

And the tree was happy

... but not really.

And after a long time

the boy came back again.

"I am sorry, Boy,"

said the tree," but I have nothing

left to give you -

My apples are gone."

"My teeth are too weak

for apples," said the boy.

"My branches are gone,"

said the tree. " You

cannot swing on them - "

"I am too old to swing

on branches," said the boy.

"My trunk is gone, " said the tree.

"You cannot climb - "

"I am too tired to climb" said the boy.

"I am sorry," sighed the tree.

"I wish that I could give you something....

but I have nothing left.

I am just an old stump.

I am sorry...."

"I don't need very much now," said the boy.

"just a quiet place to sit and rest.

I am very tired."

"Well," said the tree, straightening

herself up as much as she could,

"well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting

Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest."

And the boy did.

And the tree was happy.

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Whale

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Lion and Poet

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Forgiving Tree

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Sleeping Sardines

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