July 23, 2011

Picture Puzzle Piece

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--Description: 20th C, Silverstein S., Children, Fantasy, Humor-- 

 
One picture puzzle piece
Lyin' on the sidewalk,
One picture puzzle piece
Soakin' in the rain.
It might be a button of blue
On the coat of the woman
Who lived in a shoe.
It might be a magical bean,
Or a fold in the red
Velvet robe of a queen.
It might be the one little bite
Of the apple her stepmother
Gave to Snow White.
It might be the veil of a bride
Or a bottle with some evil genie inside.
It might be a small tuft of hair
On the big bouncy belly
Of Bobo the Bear.
It might be a bit of the cloak
Of the Witch of the West
As she melted to smoke.
It might be a shadowy trace
Of a tear that runs down an angel's face.
Nothing has more possibilities
Than one old wet picture puzzle piece.


Shel Silverstein
--Did You Know: (September 25, 1930–May 10, 1999) Silverstein was an American poet, singer-songwriter, musician, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children's books. He sometimes styled himself as Uncle Shelby, especially for his early children's books. Silverstein confirmed he never studied the poetry of others therefore, developed his own quirky style: laid-back and conversational, occasionally employing profanity and slang. Read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shel_Silverstein

--Word of the Day: effluvium \ih-FLOO-vee-uhm\, noun:
A slight or invisible exhalation or vapor, esp. one that is disagreeable
Example:
Beside them was the dark well-hole, with that horrid effluvium stealing up from its mysterious depths.
-- Bram Stoker, The lair of the white worm

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-- George Washington Carver

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