The Little Boy And The Old Man

Shepherd and I were having our usual poetry wars last night and I chose and read from A Light In The Attic by our favourite author, Shel Silverstein. If you don’t already know, we read poetry together from books and try to outdo one another in tone and expression at night before bed. This time, I think I won! And I swear I thought we had read every single poem between his books! But to my surprise, we hadn’t. I came across this one and thought I’d share.

The Little Boy And The Old Man

Said the little boy, “Sometimes I drop my spoon.”

Said the little 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.

From A Light In The Attic by Shel Silverstein


I just love that one – thank you for reading!

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About Alexandra Wallace Currie

A breast cancer survivor since October 2010 with loads to talk about and share! Founder of The Pink Pom-Pom Project - a crafting for cancer therapy initiative helping other victims, friends and family through treatment and diagnosis. Now based in Fairfield, CT, USA, The PPPP hosts monthly Stitch&Bitch events and Open Crafting classes to local community organisations. We hope to teach everyone that working with your hands is easy and anything is possible!
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1 Response to The Little Boy And The Old Man

  1. ecky malick says:

    i know the feeling

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