Dirty Face

By Shel Silverstein 1930–1999 Shel Silverstein
Where did you get such a dirty face,
My darling dirty-faced child?
 
I got it from crawling along in the dirt
And biting two buttons off Jeremy’s shirt.
I got it from chewing the roots of a rose
And digging for clams in the yard with my nose.
I got it from peeking into a dark cave
And painting myself like a Navajo brave.
I got it from playing with coal in the bin
And signing my name in cement with my chin.
I got if from rolling around on the rug
And giving the horrible dog a big hug.
I got it from finding a lost silver mine
And eating sweet blackberries right off the vine.
I got it from ice cream and wrestling and tears
And from having more fun than you’ve had in years.

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Poet Shel Silverstein 1930–1999

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, The Body, Youth, Activities, Sports & Outdoor Activities, Relationships, Family & Ancestors, Arts & Sciences

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A singer-songwriter, cartoonist, screenwriter, award-winning children’s writer, and actor, Shel Silverstein grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He started out as a cartoonist, publishing work in Playboy and the military publication Stars & Stripes, before turning to children’s books. Silverstein is the author and illustrator of numerous books, including The Giving Tree (1964), Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974), A Light in the Attic . . .

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SUBJECT Living, The Body, Youth, Activities, Sports & Outdoor Activities, Relationships, Family & Ancestors, Arts & Sciences

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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