Philosophy from a Children’s Books: The Clock Man

Image

I have long been a fan of Shel Silverstein’s poems.  I love how he takes silly and fun rhythmic verses and juxtaposes them alongside poems that are rich in philosophy and pointedly critical of the world.  Last year a new volume was released of Silverstein’s poems entitled Everything on It – the second posthumously published collection of poems by Silverstein.  My son, Clark, received it for Christmas and we’ve been reading them the past few days . . . he is in a super Shel Silverstein mood lately.  In any case, as we read through this new collection, I was particularly struck by the truth of this poem, entitled “The Clock Man.” 

“How much will you pay for an extra day?”

The clock man asked the child. 

“Not one penny,” the answer came,

“For my days are as many as smiles.”

 

“How much will you pay for an extra day?”

He asked when the child was grown.

“Maybe a dollar or maybe less,

For I’ve plenty of days of my own.” 

 

“How much will you pay for an extra day?” 

He asked when the time came to die. 

“All the pearls in all the seas,

And all the stars in the sky.” 

 

 

 

Simple.  Profound.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s