Here’s a photo of a girl I captured at the market in Jerusalem. The market is known as the Shouk Mahne Yehuda, or just HaShouk (the shouk – the market). The poem I chose is written by american poet Shel Siverstein (September 25, 1930 – May 9/10, 1999).
Actually, this morning when I got up, I wasn’t aware that I knew any of his poetry, but as I was looking into poems/quotes/info to post with this picture I stumbled upon Shel Silverstein.
While I was looking into this poet I thought to myself: “Who is this poet? I have no idea who this is”. However, researching the subject, I learned that Silverstein wrote the lyrics to a song that I know very well – a song that I grew up with and listened to since I was a child. My dad used to play it on his old record player, and I still remember the sound of the vinyl crackling with my dad humming along to “A Boy Named Sue”.
The song was written by Shel Silverstein and performed by Johnny Cash who recorded the song live at California’s San Quentin State Prison at a concert on 24 February 1969.
Anyway, that’s not the poetry I’ll post with this picture. This poem, by Shel Silverstein, is called “Where the Sidewalk Ends”.
There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.
Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.
Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.
Here’s something I just discovered today:
Edit: I removed a link to a YouTube clip, because it was removed from YouTube.
(note to self: never add links to YouTube clips in posts. YouTube is unreliable)