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Ma and God by Shel Silverstein

God gave us fingers–Ma says, “Use your fork.”
God gave us voices–Ma says, “Don’t scream.”
Ma says eat broccoli, 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.”
But God gave us coal bins and nice dirty bodies.
And I ain’t too smart, but there’s one thing for certain–
Either Ma’s wrong or else God is.

Shel Silverstein is my favourite poet. I’ve read Where the Sidewalk Ends a million times over. This poem is from it. He doesn’t think we need permission either.

I’m Tara, a writer, communication designer, and self-professed wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

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About Tara Joyce

I'm Tara, a writer, communication designer, and self-professed wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me. I deeply appreciate your support of my work, through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your monetary support.

2 Thoughts on “Ma and God by Shel Silverstein

  1. susantblake on August 18, 2010 at 11:17 AM said:

    I love Shel Silverstein!

    I will not play at tug-o-war
    I'd rather plat at hug-o-war
    Where everyone hugs
    Instead of tugs,
    Where everyone giggles
    And rolls on the rug,
    Where everyone kisses,
    And everyone grins,
    And everyone cuddles,
    And everyone wins.

    Thanks Tara, I haven't pulled out Where the Sidewalk Ends in too long!

  2. Oh, another good one by Shel! Thanks for sharing, Susan! It's so nice
    to know we share a love of his work.

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