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!!!

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