Shel Silverstein

Does anybody else find this poem morbid? I know it’s supposed to be funny ha-ha, but seriously? Read these words and tell me they aren’t creepy.


Someone ate the baby,

It’s rather sad to say.

Someone ate the baby

So she won’t be out to play.

We’ll never hear her Whiney cry

Or have to feel if she is dry.

We’ll never hear her asking “why?”

Someone ate the baby.

Someone ate the baby

It’s absolutely clear

Someone ate the baby

’cause the baby isn’t here.

We’ll give away her toys and clothes.

We’ll never have to wipe her nose.

Dad says, “That’s the way it goes.”

Someone ate the baby.

Someone ate the baby.

What a frightful thing to eat!

Someone ate the baby

Though she wasn’t very sweet.

It was a heartless thing to do.

The policemen haven’t got a clue

I simply can’t imagine who

Would go and (burp) eat the baby.

-shivers  Disturbing. Seriously, seriously disturbing? 


6 comments on “Shel Silverstein

  1. Several of Shel Silverstein’s poems are dark. But, then, some of childhood is dark too.

  2. The phrase, “someone ate the baby” definitely adds a creep factor. I can’t help but wonder what his inspiration was for this piece.

  3. There’s always been some controversy over his poetry, this one in particular has gotten a bad reputation, but I do agree with you. It does have a very creepy undertone. I don’t know why, but it reminds me of the Roald Dahl short story, “Lamb to the Slaughter”. The irony in to rings similar, I suppose. In any case though, I completely agree with you. Images of postpartum depression seem to creep into mind after reading it.

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