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The Little Boy and the Old Man -- Shel Silverstein

Guest poem submitted by Priscilla Jebaraj:
(Poem #996) The Little Boy and the Old Man
 Said the little boy, "Sometimes I drop my spoon."
 Said the old man, "I do that, too."
 The little boy whispered, "I wet my pants."
 "I do that too," laughed the little old man.
 Said the little boy, "I often cry."
 The old man nodded, "So do I."
 "But worst of all," said the boy, "it seems
 Grown-ups don't pay attention to me."
 And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
 "I know what you mean," said the little old man.
-- Shel Silverstein
   This is the only Shel Silverstein poem I'd read till the one on the
pencil maker appeared on the Minstrels a couple of days ago [Make that a
couple of months ago - ed.]. I guess the special thing about this poem is
that when I first read it, I was still a child who understood what it felt
like when grown-ups didn't pay attention to me. And it had never really
struck me till then that very often the very old are also treated like the
very young. It helped me understand an aging grandfather. And ever since
then, I've tried to pay attention - to both the little boys and the little
old men around me.

Priscilla.

[Minstrels Links]

Shel Silverstein:
Poem #845, Recipe for a Hippopotamus Sandwich
Poem #892, Stupid Pencil Maker

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Chandrika said...

Brought tears to my eyes. Lovely.

Liz Inch said...

Hello,

I am trying to secure the permission to publish "The little boy and the Old Man" - Shel Silverstien - in our 2006/2007 Annual Report. Presbyterian Support Central is a Not for Profit healthcare provider -we care for older people in the community and in Rest Homes and Hospitals. The poem gives a very honest account of how it can be for older folk - is it possible you know how I can get permission to publish the poem -regards Liz

Liz Inch
Communications Coordinator
Presbyterian Support Central
3-5 George Street
Thorndon 6144

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Anonymous said...

And the little girls and little old ladies too =-)

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