Openin’ Night

By Shel Silverstein 1930–1999 Shel Silverstein
She had the jitters
She had the flu
She showed up late
She missed her cue
She kicked the director
She screamed at the crew
And tripped on a prop
And fell in some goo
And ripped her costume
A place or two
Then she forgot
A line she knew
And went “Meow”
Instead of “Moo”
She heard ‘em giggle
She heard ‘em boo
The programs sailed
The popcorn flew
As she stomped offstage
With a boo-hoo-hoo
The fringe of the curtain
Got caught in her shoe
The set crashed down
The lights did too
Maybe that’s why she didn’t want to do
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Poet Shel Silverstein 1930–1999

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, Disappointment & Failure, Activities, Indoor Activities, Arts & Sciences, Theater & Dance

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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, Disappointment & Failure, Activities, Indoor Activities, Arts & Sciences, Theater & Dance

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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