Messy room

Messy room
There is a twist to the story that Shel Silverstein tells us. The poem doesn’t only reflects the poets story of a room with clutter. This is his poem Messy room.

There is a twist to the story that Shel Silverstein tells us. The poem doesn’t only reflects the poets story of a room with clutter. This is his poem Messy room.

About the poem

You’re probably wondering what the twist is. When you start reading this poem, it seems as if the poet is describing a nightmare of every parent: messy rooms, where their offspring reside. Every detail is described in this poem and one finally realizes, that the room Silverstein describes, is his own room.

Not everyone is fond of cleaning and mostly we hear parents complaining about their kids. But, sometimes the parents are to blame. In this case, Silverstein doesn’t seem to remember that the room he sees is his. Is he estranged to his own life or is there more? Well, a question that is hard to answer… but that is the power of poetry. It makes you think, it makes you wonder. But most of all: it makes you smile.

Poetry is sometimes referred to as being to abstract for the readers. In this case, it is a poem that many of us can relate to and one with a nice twist at the end.

Messy room

Messy room

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!

— Shel Silverstein

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Messy room
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Messy room
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A poem written by Shel Silverstein, with a nice twist.
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