I spearheaded a Shel Silverstein Poetry Reading Night with my brother-in-law's family. We wore berets and sunglasses and stood on a bench quoting or reading Shel's awesome poetry for over an hour. I grew up reading his books and quoting them to anyone who would care to listen, as did this family of nieces & nephews. If you have never heard of him or read his stuff...please do. Fair warning-- there are some bum illustrations & some booger references, so if you are offended by either, it may not be your cup of tea. I quoted this classic one (this is from memory so maybe not 100% accurate):

"I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor, a boa constrictor, a boa constrictor.
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor & I don't like it one bit.
Oh, no, he's nibbling my toe.
Oh gee, he's up to my knee.
Oh my, he's up to my thigh.
Oh fiddle, he's up to my middle.
Oh heck, he's up to my neck.
Oh dread, he's up to my.......bleuuurgh...burp"

Okay, so that may cause you to not want to read these witty poems, or maybe it will....it sure did me when I was 8 or 9.


  1. Oh how I loved to sing these words! So witty i felt - in fact I leapt at the chance to sing it again to my kidlets when they were little! Oh so my cup of tea!

    1. I'm so glad you stopped by...I got giddy with excitement teaching my kids as well!