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News :: Education : Environment
Animal Rights Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein
10 Dec 2013
Shel Silverstein lived from 1930 to 1999. His poems
will live much longer
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Hippo Sandwich
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from the poem Melinda Mae
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Sleeping Sardines
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Poet Inside Lion
SIX ANIMAL RIGHTS POEMS AND FOUR DRAWINGS
BY SHEL SILVERSTEIN

EARLY BIRD

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 early bird—
But if you’re a worm, sleep late.

DRATS

Can anyone lend me
Two eighty-pound rats?
I want to rid my house of cats.

SLEEPING SARDINES

“I’m tired of eating just beans,” says I,
So I opened a can of sardines.
But they started to squeak,
“Hey, we are tryin’ to sleep.
We were snuggled up tight
Till you let in the light.
You big silly sap, let us finish our nap.
Now close up the lid!”
So that’s what I did…
Will somebody please pass the beans?

POINT OF VIEW

Thanksgiving dinner's sad and thankless
Christmas dinner's dark and blue
When you stop and try to see it
From the turkey's point of view.
Sunday dinner isn't sunny
Easter feasts are just bad luck
When you see it from the viewpoint
Of a chicken or a duck.
Oh how I once loved tuna salad
Pork and lobsters, lamb chops too
'Til I stopped and looked at dinner
From the dinner's point of view.

MELINDA MAE

Have you heard of tiny Melinda Mae,
Who ate a monstrous whale?
She thought she could,
She said she would,
So she started in right at the tail.

And everyone said,"You're much too small,"
But that didn't bother Melinda at all,
She took little bites and she shewed very slow,
Just like a little girl should...

...and eighty-nine years later she ate that whale
Because she said she would!!!

RECIPE FOR A HIPPOPOTAMUS SANDWICH

A hippo sandwich is easy to make.
All you do is simply take
One slice of bread,
One slice of cake,
Some mayonnaise
One onion ring,
One hippopotamus
One piece of string,
A dash of pepper —
That ought to do it.
And now comes the problem…
Biting into it!
See also:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/435477.Shel_Silverstein
http://www.shelsilverstein.com/

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