Written for: Poets United Midweek Motif~Conversation (posted by Susan)
The Little Boy and the Old Man
by Shel Silverstein
Said the little boy, ‘Sometimes I drop my spoon.’
Said the little old man, ‘I do that too.’
The little boy whispered, ‘I wet my pants.’
‘I do that too,’ laughed the little old man.
Said the little boy, ‘I often cry.’
The old man nodded, ‘So do I.’
‘But worse of all,’ said the boy, ‘it seems
Grown-ups don’t pay attention to me.’
And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
‘I know what you mean,’ said the old man.
There once were two men conversing
’bout a play they were rehearsing.
Talk turned to fight,
each thought he has right,
and polite chatter turn into cursing