If you were only one inch tall, you’d ride a worm to school.
The teardrop of a crying ant would be your swimming pool.
A crumb of cake would be a feast
And last you seven days at least,
A flea would be a frightening beast
If you were one inch tall.

If you were only one inch tall, you’d walk beneath the door,
And it would take about a month to get down to the store.
A bit of fluff would be your bed,
You’d swing upon a spider’s thread,
And wear a thimble on your head
If you were one inch tall.

You’d surf across the kitchen sink upon a stick of gum.
You couldn’t hug your mama, you’d just have to hug her thumb.
You’d run from people’s feet in fright,
To move a pen would take all night,
(This poem took fourteen years to write–
‘Cause I’m just one inch tall).

Analysis, meaning and summary of Shel Silverstein's poem One Inch Tall


  1. olivia says:

    i am going to use it for my competition tooooooooooooooo!

  2. andresha barker says:

    this poem is so cool
    im going to use it for my school speech contest

  3. poornima says:

    Such a cute imagination. Very readable and recitable too!Would like to know more about the poet and if there are any more writings from his pen

  4. ANDREA says:


  5. Bob says:

    This is the best poem!

  6. Brent Larsen says:

    I think that this poem is really interesting and funny.

  7. johanson says:

    i just wanted to say that i laove all your work and that i just wish i new more about you.

  8. alexandra says:

    i love this peom, because i know what its like to do things diferently since your smaller, actually im only 5’1 but appartently its “different”

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