Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
His underwear is hanging on the lamp.
His raincoat is there in the overstuffed chair,
And the chair is becoming quite mucky and damp.
His workbook is wedged in the window,
His sweater’s been thrown on the floor.
His scarf and one ski are beneath the TV,
And his pants have been carelessly hung on the door.
His books are all jammed in the closet,
His vest has been left in the hall.
A lizard named Ed is asleep in his bed,
And his smelly old sock has been stuck to the wall.
Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
Donald or Robert or Willie or–
Huh? You say it’s mine? Oh, dear,
I knew it looked familiar!

Analysis, meaning and summary of Shel Silverstein's poem Messy Room


  1. Anonymous says:

    this made me laugh.

  2. Tweety says:

    this poem was very interesting .. why so much hate you chose to come on this & read 😉 i enjoyed it

  3. mhmoud alazharey says:

    Thank you for this poem
    You have the ability to list the details of life in the beauty
    If life farce and nonsense

  4. mike says:

    look all u haters i would like to see u come up with somthing better. so far he has gone much farther then all of u with u misserable lives

  5. morgan says:

    i think this peom is kinda strange!

  6. sam says:

    this poem is strange

  7. Lyle Larson says:

    This poem is the gayest poem of all time

  8. Sandy says:

    That was cute and it kept my attention the whole time.:)

  9. vipin goyal says:

    I sent this poem to my son and daughter to whom this poem perfectly matches.
    By God,you scared the hell out of me!
    was the reaction of my daughter…

  10. Nai Yang says:

    This poem is funny and it is in a good form.. I have decided to use this poem for my poetry project, lets just hope that the teacher likes it also….

  11. Isaak says:

    It is a great poem and I think alot of us can relate to
    it in some kind of way. LIke me, i hate having a clean room! If it’s not one messy thing it is another! Sometimes my mother will scream “clean up this room this intatnt”!…lol

  12. Vikram says:

    awesome poem!!!

  13. jedicomno says:

    This is am awesome peom i can realate to it!!

  14. alley says:

    it was a nice poem!

  15. spencer says:

    This poem was tight

  16. Chris Hardy says:

    Well written and very funny well done

  17. Nathaniel says:

    This poem is really funny! It made it interesting by all the details. I especially like the part at the end when the author forget it was his own room he was looking at and said that whosoevers room it is should be ashamed.

  18. Sierra says:

    this is a great poem it is filled with fun and cool stuff ROCK ON SIVERSTEAN!!!!!!!!


  19. Alondra says:

    well my first visit in this website and this poem is so awesome!!! I’m going to use it for my poetry booklet.Thanks alot for the idea i hope i get an A.:)

  20. Janna MarieKoffman says:

    This is a really ggod and funny poem that I am using for my poetry project. People say poetry is relaxing, but I don’t know about this one!

  21. Vivian Wei says:

    I can’t visualize a messier room than this one, however, I can see that the host feels quite at home. That’s enough.

  22. RR Ludwig says:

    The Messy Room is a good poem that uses alot of imagery. It is a very descriptive poem that describes a boy’s room as very messy. It is not a very intellectually deep poem and i kinda like that because it is easier to understand.

  23. Amber says:

    Hello I think this poem is equivelent to my house. I think it has alot of reasoning in it. And alot of humor. It also makes me think of my room. I can also relate to it alot. I think anyone like Fergus Wong is crazy not to get it! It is so funny! It made me laugh so badly my throat hurts.

  24. Tia says:

    This peom is wonderful!!!! it made me laugh through the whole thing!!! this is the best poem i have read so far!

  25. Erika says:

    Dude, this poem is sweeet! The problem is, my room is waay messier!!:)

  26. jboy says:

    i love all shel silverstien poems i have all the books it is awsome but i was looking for ickle me pickle me two whover is reading this try to find it ickle me picle me tickle me two is a awsome poem and so is this!! ^_^ *_*

  27. Kia says:

    I like this poem alot….I think I like it so much because i can relate to it…lol…I think I will use it in my poetry portfolio for L.A. in school….I really like it!!!!

  28. William Richardson says:

    This poem by Shel is exactly what my room is like!!


  29. Will Richardson says:

    Im doing this poem for a report i am doing i chose it because its awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. riyana says:

    this poem plus all ur other poems are so cool
    i like this one especially because i can relate to it….lol!!!

  31. Ozan Akipek says:

    Ur poem rocks!!!! It really helped me in my poem hunt for my humanities class!!!!!!! Your in my top 3 poets!!!!!! You rock!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Fergus Wong says:

    I don’t really get it… Good try though

  33. Maddy says:

    This is an awsome poem!!!!!!!! Half the time my room is just like it!!!omg, i am doing a project for the best teacher in the world and this poem helped me out a lot!!!!Thankz Shel Silverstein!!u r on my top five poets!!!!!

  34. Kyle says:

    THIS IS THE COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLEST POEM EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I love it sooooo much, and I also like all your other poems!

  35. Ricky says:

    OMG i love u so much!!!
    Ur 1 of my favorite poets!
    I wish u were still alive that way i would find u and marry u!
    I love u buy

  36. Lauen Grammatica says:

    This poem is one of my favorites, I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Taylor says:

    i like it. it made me think of my room at some times in the poem. Shel is a very good poet and is an inssperasion to me. He is the best poet ever. even better than shakesphere

  38. Amy says:

    I think this poem might have had a deeper meaning besides a messy room. Sometimes we put blame on someone else for something we have done and then realize it is part of a problem we are having or have had.

  39. chex says:

    hey i am doing a project in launguage arts and this website helped me alot and by the way my room is just like this

  40. Student says:

    I really like it!

  41. tre says:

    it iz great and i luved it

  42. o.e. says:

    this poem is halarious………………….. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. Tay Tay says:

    oh my gosh i am just like the speaker in this poem!!!! i love having my room a mess! it is just the way i live. i can really really relate to this room. you should see mine!!! lol later homie

  44. Olivia Gore says:

    I really liked the poem it was funny and well………………….. I just liked it!!!!!!

  45. poemlvr208 says:

    it reminds me of myself

  46. micky bob says:

    it was good and funny at the end

    i would cry two

    micky bob

  47. George says:

    WWOOOOOOOWWW NELY, That is one that will be on my mind, jeepers that really made me acctually pee myself in laughter, boy the stian wont come out LOL THE POEM IS SOOO FUNNY HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  48. Cecilia says:

    oh my gosh you are just like me my room is always messy and sometimes i cant even see the floor!!! SCARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. Mia says:

    I hope this room is not real because if I saw it I would cry! . .
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  50. andrew says:

    you are just like me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Sarah says:

    Hi….My room is, well not exactly like the poem, but close to it…I had to clean it the other day because we had company over…well it took me 2 and 1/2 hours to do!!!..
    i like this poem alot!!

  52. Marena says:

    THis poem is so funny! Allmost all poems by Shell Silverstein are funny. His book “Where The Side Walk Ends” is my favorite of all his books. I also like his poem about the dog with 2 reer ends and no head.

  53. kevin says:

    You remind me of my cousin, shes 14 and her room is worse then the poem you just said

  54. Lauren says:

    This poem reminds me so much of my room I once walked in to my room and didn’t even reconize my own room>

  55. enahs says:

    you are making fun of my room. so what that i dont always take care of it. i usually cant find stuff so i move s%$^#t around to find it. so no more making fun of my room B$#@$h. see ya! ha ha ha ha ha!

  56. tansy says:

    messy people have messy rooms wich gives him/her messy minds

  57. jarron says:

    this poem was great bacause of it’s how you say texture felt like because of the sentence…messy It gives the feel to it but it didn’t get my attention to it. no offense,twizzler.jarron

  58. wilfredo says:

    this poem is for people that don’t clean there room, and the room is very messy.

  59. Zin says:

    This poem is a reflection of my teenage son’s room.Iloved your poems since I was 10.

  60. Neil Patel says:

    This is a great poem..this is exactly like my dorm room.. my roomate fits exactly what mr. silverstein has written.. thanks to this poem i was able to convince my roomate to clean the room..Thanks Mr. Silverstein

  61. Juvie naatsawnan bookemla says:

    everyone it like ya this is like toatly my room when you knoe its not like really who has socke stuck to the wall? i mean come on please i love this poem and Shel Silverstein but people really shouldnt lie about how messy thei room is! its pretty pointless! i love this poem but unlike tose liars out there it doesnt describe my room

  62. Alex says:

    This reiminds mew of my room. I think that Shel Silverstein is one of the best peot and he dose a get job of doing it with this peom.

  63. Yesenia says:

    This poem is hilarious. It goes with me very well. Keep it up!!!!

  64. kristin waterhouse says:

    I printed out the slel silverstien poem with my 10 year old for a project. a second page with a adult ad, printed out with the american poems title. I realy don’t think any childs page should be with anything sexual. please be careful parents and watch and know what is printed out with your chils work. thank you

  65. Angela says:

    Wow! This poem it totally true. I kind of figured out it had a snitch to it from the beginning. So many peoples rooms are like this in America. Especially teenage kids.

  66. Maria la del Trancito says:

    oh my gosh this poem is so true about people…..some dont even care how their room looks like!!! but its also pretty fun!!! its so freaken good!!!!

  67. Alisha Patel says:

    This poem rocks!!!!!!!!!! I love it. Without this poem I wouldn’t have made it to semifinals.
    Thank u, Mr. Silverstein

  68. marina says:

    this poem is a very nice poem and it will have you saying it for a long time!!!!! the kids will love it

  69. Nicole says:

    this poem sounds JUST like ME!!! it is sooo funny…and kinda sad for that guy. my room isn’t THAT bad!

  70. Michelle says:

    Silverstein’s poem, Messy room sounds just like my room. I like the way he wrote the ending.

  71. Butters says:

    this poem rocks
    this poem needs locks

  72. David says:

    this one’s better, quite abit too. Very much like a child’s poem, or my room, except i don’t have skis. Still this is the poem i think my friend can use, so he’s getting this one 4 presenting. I like this poem, very well done.

  73. Anamika says:

    awesome poem dude

  74. Stacie Johnson says:

    All of my family thinks that this poem sounds just like me! I think that this poem is like sooo cute, and I think that many other kids can relate to this poem!!! But I also really love all of the poems that Shel Silverstein has written!!

  75. John says:

    This is a poem? Where is the truth.

  76. kendra rogers says:

    I love this poem. I have to recuite this poem to my class on tuesday, and i am ever happy to do this poem because i get to act out with it.

  77. Ethan Smith says:

    this poem is horride

  78. Terri says:

    It`s such a funny poem!

  79. than says:

    It is a simple, funny poem with an important message: that you should look at yourself first before you criticize other people …coz you might be doing what they’r doing and your own criticism might blow on your own face… funny but not a laughing matter..

  80. sexy_loca says:

    omg this poem is halarius its funni my 6 year old child laughed her little but off

  81. olivia palmer says:

    this is a weird but cool poem!!!1

  82. David says:

    So andrew of US you should get kicked in the face….

    This poem is halarious you are just imputent because you dont see the beautiful in the ugly so go have sex with a fire hidrent…LOL that was funny too

  83. Kaylie says:

    i love this poem so much i have to do a sceech about a poem and i definitly no that i am going to use this one!

  84. Thorbjörn says:

    I got these lines from the end of a spam,

    “On the big bouncy belly.
    ONE=92S-SELF I sing=97a simple, separate Person;=20.
    Something there is,.
    Look ever upward at the sun and the stars.=20.
    His workbook is wedged in the window,.”

    And I just had to trace them down – your work has been spread, dear! 🙂

  85. someone says:

    it is so funny

  86. grace says:

    i think shel , is really interesting person.. his poems discribe real life happenings, and how kids feel… great. love ya!

  87. Seojin says:

    People sometimes deny the truth, and I think this poem has that kind of thoughts.
    Anyway! It is my room. Huh,

  88. kari says:

    poet:Shel Silverstein
    poem: messy room
    i thought this poem was very interesting because most people have somthing they are dening even if it is just a messy room

  89. Janice says:

    such a cute poem…my room is exactly like what he had descibed !!

  90. virginia montague says:

    I love this poem it rocks!!!!!!

    P.S It sounds like my room

  91. Claire Hipko says:

    I love this poem is sooooooooo funny it sou nds like my room at one time:).
    Well by
    P.S.Ilove Shel Silverstein

  92. Rowan says:

    This is SO FUNNY!

  93. maria says:

    this poem is pretty funny i like it most of all cause it made my day.

  94. Morgan says:

    i love this it is soooooooooooo cool my room is the same i mean it is meant for me lol! Luv ya all *kiss* *kiss*

  95. Kasey says:

    What’s with all the illiteracy here?
    No offence, or anything… but…

    Anyway, this is a great poem. One of my favorites! I love Shel Silverstein; he’s so talented.

  96. Anna Chen says:


  97. Deanna says:

    this poem reminded me alot of my sister. She has a very messy room.

  98. maryann says:

    this poem reminds me of my brother=) i really like this poem

  99. Joel says:

    this poem has a combination of humour, anger and of course ,rymes… its been on of the best poems ive read so far… I respect both this poem and the writer… Stel Silverstein

    Joel Tang S.C

  100. kacy says:

    thi peoms is alot like me exspecially bois….

  101. dani barnard says:

    this is a great poem. its funny, and cool, and i like it a lot.

  102. danielyoon05 says:

    I think the poem was ok because its better than mine.

  103. lol says:

    lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol WeLL DoNE !

  104. Kayla says:

    When I was first reading this poem I was thinking: ” Is she gonna say my name lol! ” My room is like stepping into the past when there were only cavemen and dinosaurs! (LOL) K thanks much *kisses*

  105. Taylor, Chris & Morgan Brown says:

    Now….. who does that remind me of?? oh ya !me

  106. Jullisa says:

    That poem sounds just like me!!

  107. stephanie says:

    it’s a great poem. it is simple and describes most teen aged boy’s room.

  108. Kimberly says:

    I feel like this poem is being taken at face value when it actually sjould not be. This poem is a mtaphor for times when people, economic entities and even governments create problems in society, i.e. they create a mess,and then they point fingers and blame everyone but themselves.

    Also, I think the poem speaks to the concept of judging yourself before you judge others. Often times we are quick to point out the short comings of others while failing to recognize the same faults/ shortcomings in our own lives.

  109. nick says:

    this is the number one poem? how lack luster…

  110. Torjia Callaham says:

    This is a cool and funny poem. I liked it alot

  111. rozzylou says:

    Autumn leaves are falling and they don’t make a sound,
    gently swirling softly until they reach the ground.
    Colours will amaze you, Oranges, Yellows and Reds,
    making homes for creatures among the flower beds.
    Winter breezes blowing will leave the trees quite bare,
    but the colours of the Autumn will stay and linger there. To remind us of the Summer when all was warm and green and all of natures splendours again in Springtime can be seen. I LIKED THE IDEA OF A POEM CALLED MESSY ROOM ITS AN IMAGINATIVE TITLE AN ORIGINAL.

  112. rozzylou says:

    Autumn leaves are falling and they don’t make a sound,

  113. sammy says:

    that was a great poem sounds a loy like my room

  114. bob says:

    this is meant more for the organizers of this site, with no offense intended for the author or anything. I liked this poem, but does it really belong in the top 40?

  115. Brittany says:

    I luv the poem! It sounds like a dog house.

  116. aatish says:

    this poem is simple and subtle..a little strange for a poem but then thats the beauty of it..The innocence that this poem exudes would appeal to every person whose own room remains ina frenzy 24/7 and does not give a damn about it…callousness is away of life isnt it?

  117. betty says:

    Dear Shel,
    I love poems and love writting them. But this one is the best i ever heard. Well i”ll show you a poem i wrote
    Halloween Night
    On halloween night
    I get a big fright

    All the candy getting passed out
    We all scream and shout

    I saw all kinds of things
    I even saw a witch sing

    My cousin Jake
    Got a stomach ach

    The night is over
    But wheres my dog Rover?

  118. aymeric says:

    ALRITEEE thx for the poem im using for my homework!!!

  119. kathie says:

    this poem is like my room!its always messy!

  120. michael says:

    i like this pome it was funny

  121. jame says:

    that is a funny poem and i really likbecause it sounds like my sisters room

  122. Rozie says:

    lol. sounds like my room.

  123. wilbert says:

    Haha, it is a simple poem. But i find it easy to read which is a good thing. Oh yea, and i like the twist at the end. Funny in a good sense(;

  124. Katie says:

    Thanks! I`m using this for my homework!

  125. jason says:

    these sounds just like my room

  126. Ben Mayer says:

    I think this poem is really good and it gives me someones elses view on how my room is most of the time. I love it!

  127. d-twizzle says:

    this poem is very intriguing… although it excentuates a messy room it does use common material from every day life

  128. amy says:

    well, this poem is not very enticing. it’s all about messiness, who cares about that?
    i don’t see why it’s so great.

  129. Claire says:

    I really didn’t like this poem. Not one bit. Though it might be enjoyable for small children. I really don’t see how it got to number one.

  130. Abby says:

    I dont care what anyone says about this poem, I LOVED it! I used it for my reading class and got an A. Thank you sara from the USA!! PLEASE only post comments about the poem! AMERICA ROCKS!!!

  131. Philip Nash says:

    This is a mildly amusing but certainly not a brillaint poem. The theme of untidiness is common and has been exploited with greater finesse than is shown here.

  132. Celeste Yeung says:

    This poem is great, it’s not too long nor too short.

  133. Anon says:

    this guy’s lame. i bet he actually viewed his own poem a quater of a million times just to get it ranked. what a joke. this guy would be lucky to one day just be Bronzestein.

  134. Dan says:

    this helped me on my homework!

  135. kil neiggers says:

    this is a goo poem keep em’ cummin… hell yea!!!

  136. dillion condon says:

    this is a good poem.put a hunting poem in there and you will be my favorite.

  137. Amanda says:

    Heh, sounds like my room…

  138. Squirrel says:

    It helped me do my L.A. project.

  139. rasin says:

    this is a great poem. Ilove it. Shel silverstien was a wonderful poet! God bless him.

  140. natasha says:

    This was a wonderful poam!I thought of me when I read this poem. I liked it so much that I am going to recite it, memorized, in front of my 6th grade class. And say it was written by my favorite author, Shel Silverstein!!!!!

  141. artie archie says:

    This poem was is one of the great poems Shel Silverstein has writen, he was a great author.

  142. Fred says:

    It was helpful to me for my project on Portrey. I had to find two poems that had something in common and this one matched perfectly to another one I had. Thanks!

  143. laurence says:


  144. Kev says:

    This poem really touched me, It describes life and is simple to understand.

  145. GJB says:

    This poem is different from others. It shows that things can be enjoyable and interesting even if it’s simple. Simple things can be beautiful. A poem doesn’t have to squeeze your mind to the fullest to be considered a good poem.

  146. Lindsey says:

    I think everybody is looking way too deep in Shel’s poetry. If the reader wants to put in their intrepretation, that’s great but that doesn’t mean Shel put in “hidden meanings”. He was a whimsical and in this case CHILDREN’s poet although open minded adults can also enjoy his work. However, they shouldn’t expect Shel to have morals to all his poem, they are simply fun and meant to be silly.

  147. Mel says:

    OH canada our home and native land, true patriot love in all our sons command with glowing hearts we see thee rise the true north strong and free from far and wide oh canada we stand one guard for thee god keep our land glorious and free oh canada we stand on guard for thee oh canada we stand on guard for thee… you suck AMERICA

  148. Megan says:

    I loved it it tells how my life and how I act LOVE IT!!!!!

  149. nicole says:

    that was a great poem…it was good because it does pertain to life and it also realtes to a teens room…..im not very familiar with this poet but i have heard of him before….great job Shel Silverstein …

  150. sara says:

    ok, this comment section is for people to comment on the poems and their meanings…not for some retarded people to type anything that comes to their mind. shel silverstein was a brilliant poet and all the comments that are insulting him are disgraces. maybe next time you should try to keep your faggit comments to yourself.

  151. John says:

    Ok… you people are retarted. This poem is rather funny and entertaining. If you were to know MORE about this poet (or of anything for that matter you dumb-asses) you would realize that this poem is also a metephore which pretains to everyday life. Silverstein wants the reader to realize that dont be to quick to judge or critize others. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, STOP WRITTING STUPID COMMENTS YOU STUPID TWO-TIMING-SKANKS!

  152. Alex says:

    OMG! this sounds like my room, except i dont have as lizard named ed in my bed! LOL!

  153. Hattie says:

    your poems are great! i wish you could write one just for me.

  154. ker says:

    i thought shel was like a two year olds author! how can anyone stand the childish garbage? could it be possible that the 21st century is listening to this because it takes no effort to understand this type of poetry?! wanna read this crap? go to a children’s library (and i am prepared to have my head bit off-but this is america-freedom of speach people…)

  155. Hun Sihead says:

    cool, me love pome. sroy can’t spak english wel

  156. megan mcgilll says:

    messy room, what a great peom!!!!!
    that was the first poem i ever read and that was good.
    two thumbs way up for Messy Room!!!!!1
    go shel s.

  157. Shaina says:

    All of your poems are good but I like this one the best!

  158. Velcro says:

    haha the person who wanted “comments 36 & 37” off must’ve gotten them off… whats ironic is that now that persons comment is 37… And for those who are referring to how “she” is a good poet… you obviously dont know what your talking about cuz Shel Silverstein is a guy!! And someone said he should be hit for writing this poem… well he’s dead… and if you dont like the poem get over it and look into counseling for your aggression… This poem is funny… reminds me of HIS other poem..”Sick” Shel writes about things other people can relate to… Not everything has to talk about the bad things in life… Alot of his poems talk about things that happen everyday or just funny twists that expand your imagination… Good Day!!

  159. Nida says:

    Man this poems so cool it so funny in the ending and so amazingly put up. All i can say is HATS OFF to SHEL SILVERSTEIN!!!!!!

  160. Ninja says:

    This poem is SO AWESOME!!! OMFG!!! i could like not even tell if it was my room or her room!! even AFTER i read it…My LORD! jeez o man! this is like the best poem ever! no wonder it’s NUMERO UNO! jeez man…i mean thats was the most sick and twisted ride ever…im like exploding on the inside because of the “real meaning” ..o man..o man..i have gotta say…that was awesome..

  161. kay says:

    sounds like what my room looks like!lol

  162. Isabelle says:

    This really relates 2 me in a very big way.

  163. emilie says:

    YEAH, to all those people that say “mhmm, this is a poem about a very disorganized individual who keeps a very messy living area.” yeah….DUH isnt that like the most obvious thing ever? and the funny part is they try to make themselves sound all intelligent by using more syllables. ugh.

  164. Matt says:

    I found this poem was excellent, especially, at the end. I felt it was funny at the end, maybe because my room is a mess too.

  165. samantha says:

    that is the stupidest peom i have ever heard in my life……..the person that wrote that should be hit in the face for writing something soooo dumb……and the people who thinks it good need to get hit because what the f*ck was that its stupid and dumb and it sucks

  166. michelle says:

    Shel Silverstein writes wonderful poems about practically everything from animals to doors to sidewalks to whatever!! They are great, especially for younger children.

  167. Valarie says:

    HELLOOOOO!!!! are we just accepting lists of half assed descriptions as poetry now?oh no..this is clearly a work of art!she threw in the little twist at the end.genius pure genius.we didn’t know it was her room and neither did she.can you imagine.my god!what irony.PUH-LEASE!!!!!! moving on….

  168. bernardo says:

    my name is bernardo i am here 2 say this poem is fantasic my family sends its regards on it.

  169. Jessica says:

    i LOVE this poem because i ALWAYS have a messy room and it will never get clean not in a millon years
    Shel you did GREAT with this poem

  170. shel silverstein says:

    Mi rum iz mecy becuz i lik 2 rite peoms and reed Stephen crane Fast rod de Night

  171. Naomi Cabrera says:

    Sometimes we are too busy minding other people’s business/lives that we have forgotten to reflect on our own. Be slow to make judgements; you might end up looking like the fool!

  172. thomas says:

    this could be one of the most over rated poems of all time…….

  173. Emily says:

    This poem is mostly like my messy room!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  174. Anna says:

    This poem reminds me so much of my room, and probably every other teen’s room. I love Shel Silverstein! I thought this poem was GREAT!

  175. Paul Bard says:

    This is a pretty ordinary poem until the last line.

  176. kell says:

    i thought your poem was tight it was cute in a way and i liked it alot cuz it reminded me alot about me.

  177. Jessica says:

    First I think comments 36 and 37 should be taken off because they are very wrong and for kids to see. I love this poem and Shel Silverstein and I might just use this peom for my assignment.

  178. Christina says:

    I am a big fan of silverstein’s poems they are great. It lightens up the mood his poetry, brings smiles to faces, and sometimes gives us good laughs! His poems aren’t as “serious” when we compare them to others but it is still great. Even if you don’t like poetry you can like Silverstein’s work they are very comical and great of course! I have Falling Up and A Light in the Attic. These poems are good for people of all ages.

  179. TBTW says:

    I love your poems. I have read the Book Where the Sidewalk ends and I could hardly put the book down. My teachers kept getting on me for reading in class. I have read your other books too. They are also great.

  180. Nikki says:

    Shel Silverstein is known for funny poems but this one is true to many children’s rooms how do i know i have 1 but thats beside the point. It may not be his best poem but it is still fun to read fo children and adults alike.

  181. Mr. Mister says:

    I love Shel. he has the most touching poems ever. sometimes when i read them i cry myself to sleep every night because i love the poems so much. this poem in perticular really got to me. i love it so much. i told my wife that i love this poem more than her and then she divorced me. its ok though because atleast i get to read more of these types of poems. i have all of my favorite poems mounted on my wall in my room. i read each of them every night before i go to bed then i dream about them

  182. Delia says:

    Hey everyone! My name is Delia, I’m not sure if this is an adult site or what but I’m a kid. I have written sevrel books, one of poetry and seen a publisher. She says my books are wonderful. It’s called, “A magic number” anyways, i love this poem and all others of Shell Silverstien. I LOVE HIM!!! his poetry is amazing…truley…

  183. Johnny says:

    First, the person who wrote comment 10 should have theirs taken off, but as far as the actual poem goes i find it quite good, though SHel didn’t do his usual over-exaggeration.

  184. tasha says:

    I completely agree with the whole “glass house” thing. Silverstein didn’t always have a deeper meaning behind all his poems, but I believe this one definitely did. His poems are great for any age and I believe this poem was a funny way of getting across the point of not judging anything because you may be exactly that which you are describing.

  185. India says:

    i think that this is a very funny poem so keep it up.

  186. Evoraeis says:

    All those who criticised the poem as being ‘tarded’ etc, or those who liked it because they thought it ‘describes a messy room, just like many people’s rooms’ don’t get the hidden meanings.


  187. magg says:

    It a good poem and it reminds me of my daughter’s room. I had to show her this poem to see if she could improve her room. Thanks

  188. Susanne says:

    I thought it was funny! We have about poems at shcool and I liked this poem, but it sound a lot like my room…

  189. Jordan says:

    Im sorry but my teacher is a english teacher and does not make sense

  190. bessant b. says:

    i thought it was one of the best poems i ever read. it reminds me of my room.

  191. Joey says:

    i hate this poem it should be on the top forty things that are STUPID

  192. chan-tizzle says:

    Roses are red violets are blue, I liked this poem so screw all of you!!

  193. B.E. says:

    i think its funny…ya thats it

  194. Nick says:

    That makes a good description of alot of people’s rooms……..It was good!

  195. tasha says:

    that sounds like my sisters room good job

  196. Emily says:

    This is number one? thats sad. there’s no meaning to it

  197. marvin sacman says:

    this one is very funny, and hmmmmmmm very familiar……. oh thats right!! my room !! they are so tight!

  198. ashley says:


  199. Lacy says:

    I think that this poem describes the typical American Teenagers bedroom.

  200. ted says:

    i thought it was a cool poem this is the poem i picked for my project on skewl cuz we r talking about poems and stuff so ya

  201. me says:

    i think this poem is speaking of a very disorganized person with a messy room who takes no interest in cleaning it up

  202. Ahmed says:

    this really reminds me of my room and im sure alot of people can relate (expecially boys) u kow wat i mean

  203. pullo says:

    this is a tarded poopy poem it sux nut crops and i like taco suace

  204. beanie_mon_with_raphael says:

    It’s jamaica mon i tink it shoulda been about jamaica mon. I tink dat i know i see a black mon in jamaica but i am bahamian and yo put yo hands up mon its jamaica!

  205. Jessy says:

    it was ok but it could have been better

  206. Wattlegirl says:

    I find these poems interesting. I have to study poetry at the moment at school and it’s nice having a break from the usuall ‘meaningfull’ stuff

  207. nikita says:

    this poem is OK!!!!
    it reminds me of my room…..im 12 years old
    this is the poem i picked for school
    i can’t belive im doing this….its gay.

  208. Juggerz says:

    I found it fairly boring though i does sound like my room….. i thought that that the person who wrote this poem was ither bored or is mentally unstable

  209. MizzChievyus says:

    As I read the poem it became clear in my head what it was about, though it seems like it’s simply a poem about a messy room, what I get from it is that old saying “people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”

  210. Tiani says:

    Shel Silverstien has such a non-rhyming volcabulary list that has such small, but discriptive words. He is very amazing with all of his work and poems. Another one of his poems I like is the pencil one, and the snowball one. Thank you.

  211. joyce says:

    Shel Silverstein is a poet who can write anything even about a garbage. He is a brilliant poet. This is one of the best example of poetry.

  212. Sanem says:

    This poem reiminds me so much of my room long ago. the socks, the textbooks, the underwear… it all is my past… but the future is looking better

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