I have been a Shel Silverstein fan for quite sometime now. The quote above is a poem from one of his poetry collections. I remember the first time I read it, my lips creased into a smile when I got to the line- I hear you laughing and i smile. Isn’t that what we hope to achieve as writers? That hopefully someone, someday, sits on a couch with a cup of tea or coffee, grinning slyly and feeling understood all because of some words we wrote.
Whenever I read a poem that exudes an emotion from me, I feel a strong resolution to try and write something so powerful that someone, someday may feel the same. The poem above is titled, “Years from Now” which is perfect as we just entered a new year. I hope this quote inspires us to write in such ways that our works would be remembered and someone, somewhere would smile at our words, years from now.
Thanks for hanging out at this week’s Writers quote hosted by the wonderful and inspiring Colleen at Silver Threading.
If you are just like me and can’t get enough of Shel Silverstein’s poems, here are a few more I put together in a post a while ago… Have a wonderful read. 🙂
Some of you may know who Shel Silverstein is, some of you may not; but I dare say that most of you have come across his works at least once. I, also had read one or two of his poems prior to date, but never went in depth on his works. Today, as I was scrolling through (binging on) Pinterest, I saw one of his poems and then, one thing led to another (as always) and I found myself reading about a dozen of them. I save my flattery for special works and his is one of them.
Shel Silverstein poems many categorize as “Children’s genre” but I wouldn’t say I agree. The manner with which his simple words echo even in the mind of an adult is amazing. His poetry is welcoming for all ages. It speaks of life in the simplest words (I see why they categorize it as- for children), you find yourself nodding subconsciously in agreement to the lessons his poetry speaks.
And well, if you happen to have kids that love poetry, I would totally recommend his poetic works. He proves again and again that you don’t need big flashy words and metaphors (that many wouldn’t understand) to make a beautiful poem.
In case you think I am all words and no action, here are a few of his works or rather my favorite from among his poems. I believe you’ll fall in love with them too.
Which is your favorite from among these? Mine is ‘Masks’. Feel free to share any of his works that you find absolutely incredible in the comments section. 🙂