Monday, October 28, 2013

THE PAINTER (Monday Poem)

by Shel Silverstein

I'm the man who paints the stripes upon the zebras,
And I also paint the warts upon the toad.
And with this brush and pot
I give leopards lovely spots
And add some color to the chipmunk's coat.

I paint the flamin' red on Robin Redbreast,
I pour the blue on bluegills by the shore.
And when the firefly's dim
I splash silver paint on him,
And he shines more brightly than he did before.

Jack Frost?  He's just a part-time workin' fellah,
Touchin' up the leaves and trees and things.
He's famouser than me,
But I'm happier than he,
'Cause I paint the ones that runs---and flies---and sings!

from A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein, 1981, Harper & Row

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