Doing the weekend tidying-up activity, I came across a much loved book from long ago – Shel Silverstein’s book of witty, wicked poems which would delight the child in everyone. Eagerly I looked for some of my favourites – there they were tucked into the book and as wonderful as ever. I present a few for your pleasure – beware reading will leave you with a big goofy grin!
First up – how do you determine if a window is open (no, we are not talking about Bill Gates’ software here!):? Here’s his poem titled “STONE TELLING”
How do we tell if a window is open?
Just throw a stone at it.
Does it make a noise?
Well, it was open.
Now, lets try another…
Have you wondered if you are giving kids’ conflicting advice? Here’s one kid musing in a poem titled “MA AND GOD”
God gave us fingers – Ma says, “Use your fork.”
God gave us voices,- Ma says, “Don’t scream.”
Ma says eat brocolli, cereal and carrots.
But God gave us tasteys for maple ice cream.
God gave us fingers – Ma says, “Use your hanky.”
God gave us puddles – Ma says, “Don’t splash.”
Ma says, “Be quiet, your father is sleeping.”
But God gave us garbage can covers to crash.
God gave us fingers – Ma says “put your gloves on.”
God gave us raindrops – Ma says “Don’t get wet.”
Ma says be careful, and don’t get too near to
Those strange lovely dogs that God gave us to pet.
God gave us fingers – Ma says “go wash ’em.”
Bod God gave us coal bins and nice little bodies.
And I ain’t too smart, but there’s one thing for certain –
Either Ma’s wrong or else God is.
And finally here’s his take (from the poem EARLY BIRD) on the “Early bed gets the worm” proverb:
Oh, if you’re a bird, be an early bird.
And catch the worm for your breakfast plate.
If you’re a bird, be an early bird –
But if you are a worm, sleep late.
All of this (and some more awesome ones are in his “Where the Sidewalk ends” – trust that the afternoon looks sunnier already?!!
After twenty years of playing IT leadership roles, I am taking some time off to read, reflect, and share thoughts on Leadership and Technology. I am specifically interested in how we can use these to further our success. You can find my work at https://nsubra.com and 2-minute daily posts at https://angulam.in