Born September 25, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois
Died May 10, 1999 in Key West, Florida
Shel Silverstein was many things other than a poet, he was a cartoonist, songwriter, playwriter, and author. He wrote children's fiction and other types of poems. He had two kids, Shashonna Jordan Hastings and and Matthew. Shashonna died at age 11 because of a cerebral aneurysm. He also served in the army. He died at age 68 because of a heart attack.
Shel Silverstein had a good song career as well. In his career he received awards for a lot of the things he did. He received a Grammy award for best country song. He received another Grammy for best album for children, and quill award for a children's book. Shel Silverstein was a very talented person. He is burried in Norridge, Illinois.
Rain by Shel Silverstein
I opened my eyes
And looked up at the rain,
And it dripped in my head
And flowed into my brain,
And all that I hear as I lie in my bed
Is the slishity-slosh of the rain in my head.
I step very softly,
I walk very slow,
I can't do a handstand--
I might overflow,
So pardon the wild crazy thing I just said--
I'm just not the same since there's rain in my head.