Shel Silverstein

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

Ations - Poem by Shel Silverstein

If we meet and I say, 'Hi,'
That's a salutation.
If you ask me how I feel,
That's a consideration.
If we stop and talk a while,
That's a conversation.
If we understand each other,
That's a communication.
If we argue, scream and fight,
That's an altercation.
If later we apoligize,
That's reconciliation.
If we help each other home,
That's a cooperation.
And all these actions added up
Make Civilization.
(And if I say this is a wonderful poem,
Is that exaggeration?)


Comments about Ations by Shel Silverstein

  • Jez Brul (8/28/2018 11:54:00 PM)


    Very entertaining poem..
    I enjoyed every line... The title caught my curiosity
    on Actions...I thought it was a place or a name.10+++❤
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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (8/28/2018 5:49:00 PM)


    An excellent poem on the ATION endings. How inventive! Congratulations being chosen as Modern Poem Of The Day. A wonderful poem? That´s no exaggeration at all. True wonderful and a delightful read. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (8/28/2018 2:21:00 PM)


    nonyms for different aspects of communications. A humorous poem Shel Silverstein style! (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (8/28/2018 2:19:00 PM)


    I enjoyed the living definitions of the sy (Report) Reply

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (8/28/2018 10:21:00 AM)


    communication., altercation. reconciliation., cooperation. Civilization.
    so many ideas dear poet..... i went through the poem and collected all important points. very fine.. a good poem..
    thank u. tony
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  • (8/28/2018 6:44:00 AM)


    It builds and builds and then collapses in humiliation. Really, not a very worthy poem at all. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/28/2018 5:44:00 AM)


    As per the action and use of the words this poem has been so nicely delineated. Wonderful poem, no exaggeration. This poem is going to my poem list. (Report) Reply

  • Mahtab Bangalee (8/28/2018 4:32:00 AM)


    No; no SIR
    That is not exaggeration.

    This is really wonderfully penned poem.
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  • Adrian Flett (8/28/2018 2:40:00 AM)


    A wonderful play on 'ation' to reveal the way poetry can be used in such a fun and clever way. (Report) Reply

  • (8/28/2018 2:25:00 AM)


    A piece of writing showing true humanity with a little twist of humour like a slice of lemon levening the words. Great poem about a good as you can get. (Report) Reply

  • (8/28/2018 2:12:00 AM)


    Certainly, its an unprecedented wonderful poem of civilization, and that's no exaggeration. Thanks for sharing X (Report) Reply

  • Ruta Mohapatra (8/28/2018 1:29:00 AM)


    No! That is no exaggeration! It is really a wonderful poem, correctly defining civilization. (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (8/28/2018 12:59:00 AM)


    Its no exaggeration... This is a wonderful poem indeed with a peculiar title. Depth of creative mind displayed by Shel. Thanks for posting. 👍 (Report) Reply

  • (11/27/2017 8:31:00 AM)


    Nice Poem (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (10/11/2015 8:33:00 PM)


    This is one of the reasons we love him- his love of mankind shines in his poetry (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010



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