Shel Silverstein

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

The Little Boy And The Old Man - Poem by Shel Silverstein

Said the little boy, 'Sometimes I drop my spoon.'
Said the old man, 'I do that too.'
The little boy whispered, 'I wet my pants.'
'I do that too,' laughed the little old man.
Said the little boy, 'I often cry.'
The old man nodded, 'So do I.'
'But worst of all,' said the boy, 'it seems
Grown-ups don't pay attention to me.'
And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
'I know what you mean,' said the little old man.


Comments about The Little Boy And The Old Man by Shel Silverstein

  • (2/28/2019 10:42:00 AM)

    Heard this years ago..never forgot (Report) Reply

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  • (4/27/2018 4:30:00 PM)

    sounds like the little boy and the old man is going through the same thing. (Report) Reply

  • (4/7/2010 12:31:00 AM)

    Thanks for sharing this one. Warm and funny...not to mention poignant. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010



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