Happy Birthday, Shel Silverstein!

Everyone has a favorite Shel Silverstein poem! Mine was Helping, probably because it was on the Free to Be, You and Me record and, being a true child of the 70s, I listened to that album on my Shaun Cassidy record player all the time.

Agatha Fry, she made a pie
And Christopher John helped bake it.
Christopher John, he mowed the lawn
And Agatha Fry helped rake it.

Now, Zachary Zugg took out the rug
And Jennifer Joy helped shake it.
Then Jennifer Joy, she made a toy
And Zachary Zugg helped break it.

And some kind of help is the kind of help
That helping’s all about.
And some kind of help is the kind of help
We all can do without.

Here’s a video of Shel Silverstein on the Johnny Cash show. I didn’t even know there was a Johnny Cash show. You lean something new every day.


What’s your favorite Shel Silverstein poem?