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Mr. Grumpledump's Song

Everything's wrong,
Days are too long,
Sunshine's too hot,
Wind is too strong.
Clouds are too fluffy,
Grass is too green,
Ground is too dusty,
Sheets are too clean.
Stars are too twinkly,
Moon is too high,
Water's too drippy,
Sand is too dry.
Rocks are too heavy,
Feathers too light,
Kids are too noisy,
Shoes are too tight.
Folks are too happy,
Singin' their songs.
Why can't they see it?
Everything's wrong!

Credit


From Where the Sidewalk Ends, 30th anniversary special edition by Shel Silverstein. Copyright © 2004 by Shel Silverstein. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers. No part of this book may be used or repoduced without written permission from HarperCollins Publishers, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019. All rights reserved.

Author


Shel Silverstein

Poet, cartoonist, playwright, performer, recording artist, and songwriter Shel Silverstein is best known as the award-winning author of iconic books of prose and poetry for young readers. 

Date Published: 2004-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/mr-grumpledumps-song