U R the Universe

You may not believe in magic, but don’t you think it strange
the amount of matter in our universe has never slightly changed?

That all which makes your body was once part of something more,
and every breath you ever breathe has seen it all before.

There are countless scores of beauty in all the things that you despise.
It could once have been a shooting star that now makes up your thighs!

And, atoms of forgotten life -who’ve long since ceased to roam-
may now have the great honor to call your crooked smile their home.

You may not believe in magic (but I thought that you should know)
the makings of your heart were born fourteen billion years ago!

So next time you feel lonely, when this world makes you feel small,
Just remember that it’s part of you – and you’re part of it all.


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Top Ten : Shel Silverstein

Ten Reasons You Should Check Out Shel Silverstein:


Shel Silverstein knows why you are late for school:


Shel Silverstein understands the value of family:


Shel Silverstein knows all about overdue library books…

Shel Silverstein Tumblr librarian

Image from: http://thelifeguardlibrarian.tumblr.com


Shel Silverstein was published in Playboy Magazine back in the early days:


Which might be why so many people tried to ban these Silverstein poetry volumes:

A Light in the Attic


Where the Sidewalk Ends

Banned books are books other people think you shouldn’t read. I like to read banned books because I like to make my own decisions about things. Plus, censorship isn’t my cup of tea!


Uncle Shelby’s beard:


& his poem “My Beard”


Shel Silverstein didn’t want to be just one thing. He was an author, a playwright, a poet, a cartoonist, a songwriter and so much more. He led a fairly private life, but you can read more about Shel in the biography A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein by Rogak.


Shel Silverstein wrote one of the songs made famous by Johnny Cash. You might have heard of it:


Shel Silverstein wrote The Missing Piece, which I have chosen to interpret as Pac-Man fan fiction. (Don’t judge me!)


Shel Silverstein died in 1999, but he left his legacy for you to carry on: