poet Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein

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Sarah Cynthia Slyvia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage Out

Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout
Would not take the garbage out!
She'd scour the pots and scrape the pans,
Candy the yams and spice the hams,
And though her daddy would scream and shout,
She simply would not take the garbage out.
And so it piled up to the ceilings:
Coffee grounds, potato peelings,
Brown Bananas, rotten peas,
Chunks of sour cottage cheese.
It filled the can, it covered the floor,
It cracked the window and blocked the door
With bacon rinds and chicken bones,
Drippy ends of ice cream cones,
Prune pits, peach pits, orange peel,
Gloppy glumps of cold oatmeal,
Pizza crusts and withered greens,
Soggy beans and tangerines,
Crusts of black burned buttered toast,
Grisly bits of beefy roasts...
The garbage rolled down the hall,
It raised the roof, it broke the wall...
Greasy napkins, cookie crumbs,
Globs of gooey bubble gum,
Cellophane from green baloney,
Rubbery blubbery macaroni,
Peanut butter, caked and dry,
Curdled milk and crusts of pie,
Moldy melons, dried-up mustard,
Eggshells mixed with lemon custard,
Cold french fries and rancid meat,
Yellow lumps of Cream of Wheat.
At last the garbage reached so high
That finally it touched the sky.
And all the neighbors moved away,
And none of her friends would come to play.
And finally Sarah Cynthia Slylvia Stout said,
'Ok, I'll take the garbage out!'
But then, of course, it was too late...
The garbage reached across the state,
From New York to the Golden Gate.
And there, in the garbage she did hate,
Poor Sarah met an awful fate,
That I cannot right now relate
Because the hour is much too late.
But children, remember Sarah Stout
And always take the garbage out!

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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  • stella (7/28/2020 3:31:00 PM)

    This is a lazy person

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  • stella randolph (7/28/2020 3:29:00 PM)

    Need to be motivated to clean up.

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  • Grace (4/7/2020 2:47:00 PM)

    I like the rhyme it had.

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  • Steve (12/30/2019 12:04:00 PM)

    This was made into a song like so many of the others, it was always on the Dr. Demento radio show.

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  • Natalie Rosas (10/25/2018 1:29:00 PM)

    This is a weird\funny and humerous poem

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  • anonymous (8/9/2018 11:20:00 PM)

    hi sararsh reddy bathina

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  • anonymous (8/9/2018 11:15:00 PM)

    hi Sahartsh Whats up ] MY name is.......

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  • saharsh (8/2/2018 1:11:00 AM)

    hi my name is saharsh i like the poem

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    anonymous(8/13/2018 12:55:00 AM)

    you don't say your name, do you not have civic sense

    anonymous(8/9/2018 11:23:00 PM)

    HI REDDY BATHINA

    illusion(8/9/2018 11:08:00 PM)

    very funny sharsha

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  • Madison (4/11/2018 12:50:00 PM)

    idk have not read it

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  • Fjfnftctvf (11/12/2017 10:01:00 PM)

    Very nice funny poem

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  • Alexander Crocker (4/17/2012 8:17:00 AM)

    This poem is one of the best he has made. He is an amazing poet

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  • Kai-lee Newman (3/14/2012 8:26:00 PM)

    i love this alliteration poem

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