Memories of Shel Silverstein (Part 03)

One of my favorite songs growing up was The Unicorn Song, because I loved unicorns (and still do). I was aware for quite some time that this was a poem put to music but I loved it anyway and still do.  Though I have found that the song is much more popular than the original poem, which I think is a little sad, but such is life.



This post marks the end of my mini series on Memories of Shel Silverstein. I hope you’ve enjoyed my little trip down memory lane and I hope it brought up happy memories for you too!


Memories of Shel Silverstein (Part 02)


Another poem that I didn’t realize I knew very well, is “Boa Constrictor” , which was put to music and made into a children’s song. I knew the song long before I knew it was Shel Silverstein’s poem from Where the Sidewalk Ends.

Above is the poem from the book, below is the poem put to music. Enjoy.

Memories of Shel Silverstein (Part 01)


I’m sure everyone has heard the name Shel Silverstein before, and to me I first heard it while in school. On of the things my school would do is something called Declam, where all the grade school kids would be put upon to learn and recite a poem of some kind. As a shy, deathly afraid of public speaking, young child I hated it. However, I did like reading through all the poem choices we were given.

The only poem I can remember reciting is I Cannot Go To School Today by Shel Silverstein. Even now I can still recite the first couple of lines: I cannot go to school today, said little Peggy Ann McKay. I have the measles and the mumps, a gash, a rash, and purple bumps.

As a special treat (and because there are no good videos of anyone else doing it) here is a video of me reciting this poem. Enjoy!