Every Thing On It

Every Thing On It (2011) is a collection of poems and drawings by Shel Silverstein published three years after his death. His unique writing style is heightened by incredible illustrations of the possibility of impossibilities. The book starts of with this:


Altohugh I cannot see your face

As you flip these poems awhile,

Somewhere from some far-off place

I hear you laughing – and I smile.

Silverstein’s poems portray the human condition and imagination in a comical and light manner. I started reading them before Georgia was born, and here’s one that made me laugh:


We like to change the baby

Every time he cries.

We like to change the baby-

Why are you surprised?

We like to change the baby,

Don’t ask me how or why.

But we’d like to change the baby-

For one that is always dry.

Finally, I send this one across the miles towards the East. To people that live Romance in all. To our dear friends Ryan & Sophie, who know how to cherish and dare:


Said the pelican to the elephant,

“I think we should marry, I do.

‘Cause there’s no name that rhymes with me

And no one else rhymes with you.”

Said the elephant to the pelican,

“There’s sense on what you’ve said,

For rhyming’s as good a reason as any

For any two to wed.”

And so the elephant wed the pelican,

And they dinned upon lemons and limes,

And now they have a baby pelicant

And everybody rhymes.