What happens if you add a sicle to your pop? – a poem by Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein wrote an amazing book called ‘A Light in the Attic’. A book full of silly, fun, delicious on the tongue poems. His words twist and jive, are nonsensical and alive. Let me give you an example:

What happens if you add a sicle to your pop?
Would a pop become a Popsicle?
Would a mop become a mopsicle?
Would a cop become a copsicle?
Would a chop become a chopsicle?
Would a drop become a dropsicle?
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You get the idea, however…

I guess it is time to stopsicle,
Or is it timesicle to stopsicle?
Heysicle, I can’t stopsicle.
Ohsicle mysicle willsicle I sicle
Havesicle tosicle talksicle
Likesicle thissicle foreversicle—
Huhsicle?

But he can also make you stop and think:

How many slams in an old screen door?
Depends how loud you shut it.
How many slices in a loaf of bread?
Depends on how thin you cut it.
How much good inside a day?
Depends how good you live ‘em.
How much love inside a friend?
Depends how much you give ‘em.

Thanks to Asli Ozcan from Ted College in Mersin for introducing us to Shel Silverstein.

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About The Henry Brothers

We are English teachers involved in ELT publishing in Turkey, and also touring the country giving workshops and presentations to English teachers, mainly on the use of poetry, storytelling and other lively activities in the classroom. We can be contacted by e-mail to istanbuljohnm@hotmail.co.uk.
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