Shel Silverstein

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

My Rules - Poem by Shel Silverstein

If you want to marry me, here's what you'll have to do:
You must learn how to make a perfect chicken-dumpling stew.
And you must sew my holey socks,
And soothe my troubled mind,
And develop the knack for scratching my back,
And keep my shoes spotlessly shined.
And while I rest you must rake up the leaves,
And when it is hailing and snowing
You must shovel the walk... and be still when I talk,
And -- hey -- where are you going?


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010



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