Once there was a tree, and she loved a little boy.
("The Giving Tree")
More Quotes from Shel Silverstein:I tried on the farmer's hat, Didn't fit... A little too small just a bit Too floppy. .... I tried on the summer sun, Felt good. Nice and warm knew it would. Tried the grass beneath bare feet, Felt neat. Finally, finally felt well dressed, Nature's clothes fit me best.
I know a way to stay friends forever, There's really nothing to it, I tell you what to do, And you do it.
Once I spoke the language of the flowers,
Once I understood each word the caterpillar said,
Once I smiled in secret at the gossip of the starlings,
And shared a conversation with the housefly
in my bed.
Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.
I was so lucky that I didn't have anyone to copy, be impressed by. I had developed my own style, I was creating before I knew there was a Thurber, a Benchley, a Price and a Steinberg. I never saw their work until I was around thirty.
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