Flake-out Friday

When I was a kid, Shel Silverstein’s poems delighted me.

I ran across one of the books I kept from childhood, and I wanted to share one of my favorites from his book, A Light in the Attic:


Pamela Purse yelled, “Ladies first,”

Pushing in front of the ice cream line.

Pamela Purse yelled, “Ladies first,”

Grabbing the ketchup at dinnertime.

Climbing on the morning bus

She’d shove right by all of us

And there’d be a tiff or a fight or a fuss

When Pamela Purse yelled, “Ladies first.”

Pamela Purse screamed, “Ladies first,”

When we went off on our jungle trip.

Pamela Purse said her thirst was worse

And guzzled our water, every sip.

And when we go grabbed by that wild savage band,

Who tied us together and made us all stand

In a long line in front of the King of the land–

A cannibal known as Fry-‘Em-Up Dan,

Who sat on his throne in a bib so grand,

With a lick on his lips and a fork in his hand,

As he tried to decide who’d be first in the pan–

From the back of the line, in that shrill voice of hers,

Pamela Purse yelled, “Ladies first.”

3 comments on “Flake-out Friday

  1. Indigo says:

    Shel Silverstein has always been my favorite. My daughter loved him too. She still has her book, ‘The Light in the Attic’. Thanks for the jaunt down memory lane. (Hugs)Indigo

  2. Lydia Kang says:

    Love Shel Silverstein! I loved the python one too!

  3. ROFL! Oh, dear! I’d never read that one. It’s toooooo funny!

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