Shel Silverstein

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

A Light In The Attic - Poem by Shel Silverstein

There's a light on in the attic.
Thought the house is dark and shuttered,
I can see a flickerin' flutter,
And I know what it's about.
There's a light on in the attic.
I can see it from the outside.
And I know you're on the inside... lookin' out.

Comments about A Light In The Attic by Shel Silverstein

  • (12/11/2018 6:02:00 PM)

    For the life of me I never understood why Shel Silverstein was ever taken seriously as a poet. His verse is simplistic to the point of moronic and lends a great deal to the argument of free verse poetry being the refuge of inferior poets and poetry. (Report) Reply

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  • (6/3/2018 8:48:00 PM)

    nice nice nice nice nice nice nice (Report) Reply

  • Britte Ninad (5/23/2018 3:51:00 AM)

    this words of poem were composed whimsically may be (Report) Reply

  • Dawn Novus (4/29/2018 4:01:00 PM)

    I read this poem September of last year and now again today.
    One can only know what its about if they have experienced it themselves. He recognizes a kindred soul in someone who is yet to wake up to it themselves.
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  • (4/9/2018 5:36:00 PM)

    My name is Dorcas and I go to North East High School.My music teacher turned this poem into a song and we are going to sing in to other students in school.IT HAS A REALLY GOOD BEAT. THIS IS THE BEST POEM I HAVE EVER READ.IT HAS A GOOD MEANINING (Report) Reply

  • (2/2/2018 12:08:00 PM)

    This is lame worst poem ever read. (Report) Reply

    (4/9/2018 5:38:00 PM)

    its okay I know how you feel

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (7/18/2016 2:15:00 PM)

    Ray of hopes above the thick and dark realities...Nice poem.. (Report) Reply

  • (4/15/2016 12:03:00 PM)

    I agree with you John Petree, I did not get this interesting poem to start with but reading it over and over again I realize IT IS about hopefulness... It shows that were ever you are never doubt. (Report) Reply

  • (12/12/2015 10:47:00 PM)

    I'm not going to lie, I am puzzled, is this a poem showing that there is hope where you are not expecting to find it, or is this supposed to have a scary intention? Though a bit riddled, I am grateful to have read it; pretty interesting. (Report) Reply

  • Ace Of Black Hearts (4/12/2013 11:24:00 PM)

    Indeed we are all either looking out or in.
    Just a matter of where one is sitting.
    Good short and meaningful poem.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Poem Edited: Monday, March 21, 2011

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