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Sheldon Allan Silverstein

(September 25, 1930 – May 10, 1999 / Chicago/ Illinois)

25 Minutes To Go


They're buildin' the gallows outside my cell.
I got 25 minutes to go.

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  • Bonnie Shipman (4/22/2014 6:51:00 PM)

    What on earth compels a man to write about the last 25 minutes before taking the gallows? It seems like a discrete topic for a children's author to stumble into. But then, it is Shel Silverstein... he can be a bit gruesome even in his happy pieces. I suppose what disturbs me most about this poem is that there seems to be no resolution. Forgive the pun, but he really leaves the reader hanging! (Report) Reply

  • Bonnie Shipman (4/22/2014 6:50:00 PM)

    What on earth compels a man to write about the last 25 minutes before taking the gallows? It seems like a discrete topic for a children's author to stumble into. But then, it is Shel Silverstein... he can be a bit gruesome even in his happy pieces. I suppose what disturbs me most about this poem is that there seems to be no resolution. Forgive the pun, but he really leaves the reader hanging! (Report) Reply

  • Bonnie Shipman (4/22/2014 6:49:00 PM)

    What on earth compels a man to write about the last 25 minutes before taking the gallows? It seems like a discrete topic for a children's author to stumble into. Then, it is Shel Silverstein... he can be a bit gruesome even in his happy pieces. I suppose what disturbs me most about this poem is that there seems to be no resolution. Forgive the pun, but he really leaves the reader hanging! (Report) Reply

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