Where the Sidewalk Ends

~By Shel Silverstein~

Where the Sidewalk Ends

1 There is a place where the sidewalk ends
2 And before the street begins,
3 And there the grass grows soft and white,
4 And there the sun burns crimson bright,
5 And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
6 To cool in the peppermint wind.

7 Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
8 And the dark street winds and bends.
9 Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
10 We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
11 And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
12 To the place where the sidewalk ends.

13 Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
14 And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
15 For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
16 The place where the sidewalk ends.

Theme

The place where the sidewalk ends is symbolic for a premade path that as younger children and teenagers we are suppose to follow and walk. But after hitting a certain age, "the street", we have to start making our own decisions in life and choosing the paths we want to take.

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Why I like this poem

I enjoy this poem because it reminds me to not let my life slip by so fast. It gives me a reminder to take it easy and enjoy what I have and not let the little things stop me from doing something in my life because you only get one shot on this earth.