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Shel Silverstein - 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.

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Poet: Shel Silverstein
Poem: Where the Sidewalk Ends
Poem of the Day: Nov 17 2008

Comment 19 of 19, added on August 29th, 2013 at 2:04 AM.

I love this poem, it moves me.

JRAlli from United States
Comment 18 of 19, added on April 17th, 2013 at 2:40 PM.
Americans

Deez silly Muricans... Makin a swidewalk with not enough concrete

Wamchag Lin from China
Comment 17 of 19, added on November 27th, 2011 at 7:43 PM.
True meaning

To me this poem so clearly represents the passage of life to death. The wonderful place that Shel describes "where the sidewalk ends" is basically heaven. The sidewalk that he describes in such a dark dreary way is the troubles of life and the poem talks about the steady pace in which one "walks" to their death. It also says the children know this so well and this references the fact that children often come across the point in their lives where they must learn to cope with their own mortality and for many people they turn to religion or other beliefs that support a heavenly afterlife. I cant believe no one saw this before in it !!!

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