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October 26, 2005

Tonight's date night

It's getting cold a bit too early, but Frankie and I are still off for our weekly dinner date to Wendy's. But, Big Park (Whetstone) - we'll see? May have to go to the library instead. Tonight's first poetry reading during dinner will be from Shel, one of Frankie's first and favorite poets.

"Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too"

Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too,
Went for a ride in a flying shoe,
"Hooray!"
"What fun!"
"It's time we flew!"
Said Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too.

Ickle was captain, Pickle was crew,
And Tickle served coffee and mulligan stew
As higher
And higher
And higher they flew,
Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too.

Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too,
Over the sun and beyond the blue.
"Hold on!"
"Stay in!"
"I hope we do!"
Cried Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too.

Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too
Never returned to the world they knew,
And nobody
knows what's
happened to
Dear Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too.

--Shel Silverstein

2 comments:

Clam said...

Did you know that A Light in the Attic has been banned and/or challenged more than once? From http://title.forbiddenlibrary.com:

Challenged at the Cunningham Elementary School in Beloit, Wis. (1985) because the book "encourages children to break dishes so they won't have to dry them." Removed from Minot, N.Dak. Public School libraries when the superintendent found "suggestive illustrations." Challenged at the Big Bend Elementary School library in Mukwonago, Wis. (1986) because some of Silverstein's poems "glorified Satan, suicide and cannibalism, and also encouraged children to be disobedient."

dave said...

That's sad.

His poems also encourage healthy silliness as the cited poem indicated last night while I read it to her over an ice-cream cone at Denise's.