Shel Silverstein

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

Dirty Face - Poem by Shel Silverstein

Where did you get such a dirty face,
My darling dirty-faced child?
I got it from crawling along in the dirt
And biting two buttons off Jeremy's shirt.
I got it from chewing the roots of a rose
And digging for clams in the yard with my nose.
I got it from peeking into a dark cave
And painting myself like a Navajo brave.
I got it from playing with coal in the bin
And signing my name in cement with my chin.
I got if from rolling around on the rug
And giving the horrible dog a big hug.
I got it from finding a lost silver mine
And eating sweet blackberries right off the vine.
I got it from ice cream and wrestling and tears
And from having more fun than you've had in years.


Comments about Dirty Face by Shel Silverstein

  • (4/27/2017 1:58:00 PM)


    Always funny your poetry brightens my day.. (Report) Reply

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  • Seamus O' Brian (4/27/2017 11:23:00 AM)


    ahhhh....that last line tells all, does it not? To sacrifice a lifetime of fun for a facade of order and presentability. Another reminder that perhaps much simple wisdom is lost in the journey from childhood to codgerhood. (Report) Reply

  • (4/27/2017 9:09:00 AM)


    怀念淘气的时候,怀着那时的乐趣,过好每一天吧 (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (4/27/2017 8:48:00 AM)


    a brilliant poem of having good childish not so clean fun? ........well penned (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (4/27/2017 7:34:00 AM)


    A sweet poem of pranks played by a child. Flow and rhyming simply beautiful. Thanks for posting and Congrats. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/27/2017 2:58:00 AM)


    In the yard with my nose! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (4/27/2017 1:58:00 AM)


    Lovely narrative. What an amazing poem! Thanks.
    I got if from rolling around on the rug
    And giving the horrible dog a big hug.
    (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (4/27/2017 1:17:00 AM)


    Enjoyed reading this funny poem.... thanks for posting.... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015



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