Saturday, October 9, 2010

Uncle Shelby

Saw this video through a friend recently. Two of my favorite guys. 

Funny because a couple of weeks before I left Austin, Shel Silverstein had crossed my mind a few times and I decided to pick up some of his classics from the library. It'd been a long time but it's interesting how you can remember pictures through your child-self eyes so vividly. His illustrations were still very familiar. In the fifth grade, I had to memorize a poem in Mr. Shank's class and I picked Shel's "Twistable Turnable Man." I can still remember the last half of it now --I think in part because it has the type of rhyme you can say very quickly. My brain seems to retain things with a certain pace. I can still play much of the first Beethoven sonata I learned in sixth grade because of all the piano runs and the fast tempo.

Anyway, just a short, nostalgic post. I am hoping to keep this blog going post-Korea so I'm prepping you, dear reader, for the randomness that may lay ahead. Not all posts will be travel-related --look out!

I'll close with the first poem in "Where the Sidewalk Ends." I've just always loved it. Fun fact: Silverstein wrote "A Boy Named Sue," I had no idea. What a guy.


If you are a dreamer, come in, 
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, 
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer...
If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin. 
Come in!
Come in!

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