poet Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein

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Hector The Collector

Hector the Collector
Collected bits of string,
Collected dolls with broken heads
And rusty bells that would not ring. Bent-up nails and ice-cream sticks,
Twists of wires, worn-out tires,
Paper bags and broken bricks.
Old chipped vases, half shoelaces,
Gatlin' guns that wouldn't shoot,
Leaky boasts that wouldn't float
And stopped-up horns that wouldn't toot. Butter knives that had no handles,
Copper keys that fit no locks
Rings that were too small for fingers,
Dried-up leaves and patched-up socks.
Worn-out belts that had no buckles,
'Lectric trains that had no tracks,
Airplane models, broken bottles,
Three-legged chairs and cups with cracks.
Hector the Collector
Loved these things with all his soul--
Loved them more then shining diamonds,
Loved them more then glistenin' gold.
Hector called to all the people,
'Come and share my treasure trunk!'
And all the silly sightless people
Came and looked ... and called it junk.

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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  • brevin lane (9/2/2020 11:08:00 AM)

    hector the collector is adout hector the main preson of the story he collect junk. hector collect a lot of things like junk a lot of junk. in the story hector collect bites of string. hector collect worn out tires. collect broken doll with no head. he collect ring that are to small for he; s finger; s. he collect broken bricks he collect a lot of thing

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  • Mr. Stark (3/27/2019 12:50:00 PM)

    You'll be okay, peter

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  • Adivea Goshwimming (3/27/2019 12:50:00 PM)

    NO STOP YOURSELF HE IS NOT DEAD

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  • Jaewoon (10/11/2018 6:16:00 PM)

    I love the poem bettor the collector.

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  • Peter Parker (9/27/2018 8:55:00 AM)

    Mr Stark, I don't feel so good.

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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (4/5/2015 9:03:00 AM)

    One man's junk is another man's treasure.
    Whoever typed this poem into Poem Hunter surely made a typo on line ten. That would only make sense if it said LEAKY BOATS instead of LEAKY BOASTS.

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