Thursday, February 16, 2012

How Hungry Is Polly

Shel Silverstein is awesome - he's a favorite poet of mine.  If I had to guess, he was a big animal lover.  In his book called, "Everything On It" (complied from poems never seen before and published 12 years after he passed away), I found this poem and think it's super funny!!  ~Declan

How Hungry Is Polly

"I'm so hungry I could eat a horse,"
Said Polly in the park.
Ol' Dobbin, grazin' nearby,
Overheard her rude remark.
He shook his mane and pawed the ground, 
He raised his noble head, 
He snorted and looked down at her, 
And this is what he said:
"I've been ridden, I've been driven,
I've been raced around a track, 
I've been photographed with little
Whiny kiddies on my back.
I've pulled wagons through the winter, 
I've pulled sleighs and I've pulled sleds,
I've pulled plows in sticky summers
With flies buzzin' 'round my head.
I've been whipped and I've been beaten,
I've been called such-and-such - 
But to think of being eaten, 
Well, that really is too much!
And when I get insulted,
My appetite runs wild, 
And now I feel so hungry, 
I could eat a child."

~Shel Silverstein


  1. This poet and artist are wonderful, I love it.

  2. I love this Declan! A very timely find!

  3. This is great! Perfect, and funny. :o)

  4. Never saw this poem before! Thank you for showing it to me!

  5. Thanks been looking for this poem!