Beans Taste Fine Poem by Shel Silverstein

Beans Taste Fine

Rating: 2.9


Now a friend of mine, way back in Chicago
You know, he finally made his pile.
Well he got himself a mansion on Butler and Sheff
An' he was livin' in the latest style;
But I run into him, he was eatin' in a greasy spoon
While parkled in front was his big limousine.
I said, 'Buddy, you've got so much money
How come youre in here, eatin' beans?'
An' he said
'After you've been havin' steak for a long time,
Beans, beans taste fine.
An' after you've been drinkin' champagne and brandy
You gonna settle for wine.'
He said 'The world is funny, and people are strange,
And man is a creature of constant change, and
After you've been havin' steak for a long time
Beans, beans taste fine.'
Now, you know I ran into another friend of mine
In a rowdy old Clark Street Bar.
I said, 'Friend, is it true what I heard about you?
I heard you married a beautiful 18-year-old shapely movie star,
Yet here you sit, tryin' to make out with some barfly
Who's too old and ugly to be true.'
He said, 'Shelley, you're still a very young man
So sit down. I'll explain it all to you.
He said
'After you've been havin' steak for a long time
Beans, beans taste fine.
An' after you've been drinkin' champagne and Chivas Regal
You gonna settle for Thunderbird wine.'
He said 'The world is funny, and people are strange,
And man is a creature of constant change, and
After you've been havin' steak for a long time
Beans, beans taste fine.'

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Douglas Scotney 30 March 2019

beauty and meat drive you to beans in the end

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Shaun Cronick 30 March 2020

Shel Silverstein was an inspiring poet with great humour in many of his poems. He is so sadly missed.

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Brian Jani 06 July 2014

Hahaa Yah beans taste fine for sure.good job man

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And man is a creature of constant change, and After you've been havin' steak for a long time Beans, beans taste fine.'.. It's great on the part of the poet to place before us the real man who is always after change and is tempted to find pleasure in unfamiliar sources. To some quality matters and to some other it doesn't.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 30 March 2019

So brilliantly penned. A beautiful poem amazingly shared.

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MAHTAB BANGALEE 23 November 2021

Nothing but beautiful to taste this poem

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Aarzoo Mehek 22 November 2021

Hahahahaha loved the change of simplicity in this poem. Loved reading it.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 22 November 2021

sublimely worded in a simple way, makes the poem most interesting,5 Stars full

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Sylvia Frances Chan 22 November 2021

True great poem of one of the Greatest Poets All Times. CONGRATULATIONS on being chosen as the Modern Poem Of The Day. Hilarious poem with bit irony on the ever-changing nature of man,

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 21 November 2021

A wonderful poem with great humor. Interesting and entertaining.

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