Shel Silverstein

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

Where The Sidewalk Ends

Poem by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
and before the street begins,
and there the grass grows soft and white,
and there the sun burns crimson bright,
and there the moon-bird rests from his flight
to cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
and the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
we shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow
and watch where the chalk-white arrows go
to the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
and we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
for the children, they mark, and the children, they know,
the place where the sidewalk ends.


Comments about Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

  • bigdoll (6/17/2020 10:44:00 PM)

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (6/4/2020 3:14:00 AM)

    There is a place where the sidewalk ends
    and before the street begins,
    and there the grass grows soft and white,
    and there the sun burns crimson bright,
    and there the moon-bird rests from his flight
    to cool in the peppermint wind.(Report)Reply

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (5/29/2020 3:22:00 AM)

    A poem with a meaning if you read between its superbly well written lines from a master of his craft.(Report)Reply

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  • Alan Sandham (4/15/2020 11:01:00 AM)

    This seems to speak for me, and I have no idea why. This man is my new favourite poet.(Report)Reply

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  • Joe Moma (1/14/2020 8:29:00 AM)

    Where the hay does the actual sidewalk end(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/4/2019 12:35:00 AM)

    Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
    we shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow
    and watch where the chalk-white arrows go
    to the place where the sidewalk ends.

    great great
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    great great greatxgreat10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++x100000000000000000(Report)Reply

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  • R.kelly (5/13/2019 9:51:00 AM)

    I am coming for all of your daughters and youAlready ReportedReply

    human person(6/5/2019 5:03:00 PM)

    take a detour to the devil and ask for your soul returned.

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  • m10w0 (4/21/2019 12:49:00 PM)

    grr *starts barkin and licks u like a dog*(Report)Reply

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  • Shel Silverstein is awesome (4/11/2019 3:57:00 PM)

    We have to choose a poem to recite for class and I chose this one. I love this poem! !(Report)Reply

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  • Lol, How Epic... (3/30/2019 10:05:00 AM)

    Lol, How EPIC...! buttcheeks of titanium(Report)Reply

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  • Kaiden Gillim (3/20/2019 10:15:00 AM)

    yeet he is a good poet(Report)Reply

    Yeeticus, Yeetici, neuter(3/30/2019 10:09:00 AM)

    Yet the Yeety Yeet-Yeet Yeeter Yeeted himself through the ceiling of the White House

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  • Barry (2/6/2019 9:51:00 AM)

    Umm this peom makes my head timgle to my toes grow hair every im livin the life in summerland wit my boi tpac amd mac miller(Report)Reply

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  • unknown (2/5/2019 10:47:00 AM)

    it is very thrilling(Report)Reply

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  • yeayea (1/14/2019 9:05:00 AM)

    its about polution dummies(Report)Reply

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  • sahar (1/12/2019 12:23:00 PM)

    Beautiful unwinding of the ultimate reality.(Report)Reply

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  • uranus (12/7/2018 9:43:00 AM)

    what a nerd am i right(Report)Reply

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  • Bobby (11/8/2018 9:08:00 AM)

    I peed in a cup
    gotttttttttttttttttem(Report)Reply

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  • ooga booga (10/25/2018 9:01:00 AM)

    outstanding poem
    yhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh(Report)Reply

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  • Butch DecatoriaButch Decatoria (7/25/2018 2:37:00 AM)

    What a depth to this portrait of dying, away from the beaten streets, concrete beneath... we find peace at that... gorgeous piece.(Report)Reply

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  • Samin Bakshi (7/1/2018 9:55:00 AM)

    The frailty of life. It is indeed frail. We walk on these sidewalks! We write poems about it's end. The grass is always greener on the other side. How will we know, when we've never walk at its ends. When we do, we'll see! It is all quite the same, I can glow in your smoke. But smoke is smoke and a glow is unscathed; I am told by arrow of chalk: impermanently.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010