I have fond childhood memories of the nonsensical poetry of Shel Silverstein. His irreverent humor, talking animals, conniving children, and other colorful characters pulled me into a world of make-believe that was always a welcome reprieve from the standard fare.
As a parent, I began to read his poems to my own children, and I’ve come to appreciate the poetry on a far deeper level. While his illustrations and the literal meaning of his words remain fanciful, the message they send is incredibly poignant.
Take a look at his poem “Never” for an example: