Shel Silverstein

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

Melinda Mae - Poem by Shel Silverstein

Have you heard of tiny Melinda Mae,
Who ate a monstrous whale?
She thought she could,
She said she would,
So she started in right at the tail.

And everyone said,'You're much too small,'
But that didn't bother Melinda at all,
She took little bites and she chewed very slow,
Just like a little girl should...

...and eighty-nine years later she ate that whale
Because she said she would! ! !


Comments about Melinda Mae by Shel Silverstein

  • (3/27/2014 1:15:00 AM)


    My name is Melinda Mae, and I am also very persistent like the girl in the poem. If I say I will, I will! This poem always inspired me to do whatever it takes to accomplish my goals both as a kid and as an adult. Thank you Shel! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 25, 2014


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