Guest poem submitted by Zarine Ninan:
It was really nice to see Silverstein getting his share of glory on the Minstrels list a couple of days back , so here is another absurd one... I for one simply love his work because it is so ridiculously silly. It just makes me wonder if he is actually fatuous or a true genius!!! I'd sure like to believe thet the latter is true. Those who have had the pleasure of seeing the illustrations that go with his poems, would agree that they just go hand in hand with his work. I do regret that I never had a chance to read his work when I was growing up, but that only gives me an incentive to go back to my childhood, where even the simplest & most boring facts of life required over-the-top, seemingly impossible explanations... And of course, these are exactly what Silverstein offers. -Zarine.  Make that a couple of months, actually; see Minstrels Poem #845, Recipe for a Hippopotamus Sandwich, by Shel Silverstein.