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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Favorite Poem Growing Up

There was this poem, by Shel Silverstein, that was my favorite poem growing up. When I got my own room in 9th grade, I decorated the shit out of those walls to cover up the nasty yellow paint job. On one of my closet doors, I wrote in colored sharpies on the off-white wooden door. I also wrote Jaques' monologue from "As You Like It" on the wall right inside my front door, but that's an obnoxiously well-known one so I won't bother writing it down. However, "Needles and Pins"...I just cannot resist. Here it goes:

Needles and pins,
Needles and pins,
Sew me a sail
To catch me the wind.

Sew me a sail
Strong as the gale,
Carpenter, bring out your
Hammers and nails.

Hammers and nails,
Hammers and nails,
Build me a boat
To go chasing the whales.

Chasing the whales,
Sailing the blue,
Find me a captain
And sign me a crew.

Captain and crew,
Captain and crew,
Take me, oh take me
To anywhere new.

Love that poem with all my heart.

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