#NATIONALPOETRYMONTH - The Works of Shel Silverstein

“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

Words are powerful; they can change your life. Words are used to communicate, to inform, to express feelings and ideas. Words can also be used to inspire others, to help them achieve their goals and desires. There are multiple ways to express yourself through words, from storytelling, writing a novel, or joining a Speech and Debate club. This month, we focused on the art of words through poetry in honor of National Poetry Month.

To close this month, we would like to honor a poet whose legacy continues to inspire not only children, but adults and the poetry community as well.  Sheldon Allan "Shel" Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 25, 1930 and passed away May 10, 1999. He was the author and artist of many beloved books filled with prose and poetry. Silverstein was also a recording artist, Grammy-winning songwriter, and cartoonist, and a poet.

Silverstein was known to be a “master of language,” especially when using his words to speak to young children through poetry. His poems were known to engage readers all over the world. About his work, a fan once said, “for an author with the, hands down, scariest back-cover photo in the history of children’s lit, Shel Silverstein was a tremendous friend and ally to kids all over the world, speaking to them – never speaking down to them – with such depth, sophistication, and a sense of fun that they couldn’t help but love the guy.”

In honor of a poet who inspired many children around the world, may we continue to move others through our words.

“If you are a dreamer come in If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer If you’re a pretender come sit by my fire For we have some flax golden tales to spin Come in! Come in!”
― Shel Silverstein

From the Dead Poet's Society, Dr. Seuss, Maya Angelou, and Shel Silverstein, we hope that you enjoyed following the Gladeo blog for National Poetry Month. We encourage all to be continuously inspired by poetry, whether one is moved by poetry or one is a poet themselves. Who knows? You may find your dream career in poetry. Thank you for exploring National Poetry Month with us. We are so excited to see what the month of May brings!

Rachel Gorgas, National Poetry Month Content Curator