Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be. —Shel Silverstein

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Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.

SHEL SILVERSTEIN

poet, songwriter, musician

COMMENTS


Anonymous OCTOBER 5, 2018
Lovely

Shana from Oregon JULY 19, 2018
One of my very favorite poems, ever.

Arlene from Mayville , Michigan. MARCH 28, 2017
Have some of his books,, had such a way with words.

Carrie from Usa FEBRUARY 16, 2016
Yea, I'm touched.

Linda from USA JANUARY 7, 2016
Oh, that is so true (In reference to Shel Silverstein's remarks, 'Listen to the mustn't .......anything can be".


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