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. 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!!!!!

  2. Kyle says:

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

  3. 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

  4. Lauen Grammatica says:

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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Student says:

    I really like it!

  9. tre says:

    it iz great and i luved it

  10. o.e. says:

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

  11. 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

  12. Olivia Gore says:

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

  13. poemlvr208 says:

    it reminds me of myself

  14. micky bob says:

    it was good and funny at the end

    i would cry two

    micky bob

  15. 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

  16. Cecilia says:

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

  17. Mia says:

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

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

  19. 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!!

  20. 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.

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