Happy Birthday Uncle Shelby


Put another log on the Fire, A boy named Sue, Sylvia’s Mother, The Ballad of Lucy Jordan, the soundtrack to the film Ned Kelly, in musical terms his output is phenomenal.  His poetry is fantastical and his cartoons are mind-blowingly absurd.  Born on this day in 1930 and passing away aged only 68 Shel Silverstein crammed three or four ordinary lives into his exceptional lifetime.

He caused much confusion to readers writing children’s poetry on the one hand and cartoons for Playboy magazine on the other.  He also wrote for stage and screen.


Hug o’ war; by Shel Silverstein

I will not play at tug o’ war.
I’d rather play at hug o’ war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.




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