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. Anamika says:

    awesome poem dude

  2. 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!!

  3. John says:

    This is a poem? Where is the truth.

  4. 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.

  5. Ethan Smith says:

    this poem is horride

  6. Terri says:

    It`s such a funny poem!

  7. 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..

  8. sexy_loca says:

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

  9. olivia palmer says:

    this is a weird but cool poem!!!1

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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! 🙂

  13. someone says:

    it is so funny

  14. grace says:

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

  15. Seojin says:

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

  16. 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

  17. Janice says:

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

  18. virginia montague says:

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

    P.S It sounds like my room

  19. 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

  20. Rowan says:

    This is SO FUNNY!

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