Shel Silverstein

September 25, 1930 – May 10, 1999
Chicago, Illinois

Sheldon Allan Silverstein was born on September 25, 1930 he lived in Chicago, Illinois and died on may 10 1999. He was a author, poet, cartoonist, songwriter and a play writer. He styled himself as uncle Shelby in many of his works. His work has been translated  into 30 different language and sold over 20 million copies.

Sheldon Allan Silverstein grew up to attain an enormous public following, but always preferred to say little about himself. Silberstein believed that written works needed to be read on paper. He usually would not allow his poems and stories to be published unless he could choose the type, size, shape, color, and quality of the paper.Most of his books did not have paperback editions because he did not want is work to be diminished in any way.

Last night, while I lay thinking here,
some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
and pranced and partied all night long
and sang their same old Whatif song:
Whatif I'm dumb in school?
Whatif they've closed the swimming pool?
Whatif I get beat up?
Whatif there's poison in my cup?
Whatif I start to cry?
Whatif I get sick and die?
Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?
Whatif I don't grow talle?
Whatif my head starts getting smaller?
Whatif the fish won't bite?
Whatif the wind tears up my kite?
Whatif they start a war?
Whatif my parents get divorced?
Whatif the bus is late?
Whatif my teeth don't grow in straight?
Whatif I tear my pants?
Whatif I never learn to dance?
Everything seems well, and then
the nighttime Whatifs strike again!

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