By Shel Silverstein

Seth Allain Mrs.Longley 2nd period

Last night, while I lay thinking here,

some Whatifs crawled inside my ear

and pranced and partied all night long

and sang their same old Whatif song

Whatif I'm dumb in school?

Whatif they've closed the swimming pool?

Whatif I get beat up?

Whatif there's poison in my cup?

Whatif I start to cry?

Whatif I get sick and die?

Whatif I flunk that test?

Whatif green hair grows on my chest?

Whatif nobody likes me?

Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?

Whatif I don't grow talle?

Whatif my head starts getting smaller?

Whatif the fish won't bite?

Whatif the wind tears up my kite?

Whatif they start a war?

Whatif my parents get divorced?

Whatif the bus is late?

Whatif my teeth don't grow in straight?

Whatif I tear my pants?

Whatif I never learn to dance?

Everything seems well, and then

the nighttime Whatifs strike again


Wind tearing up a kite


Green hair growing on my cheast


Whatif is repeated and it is also the title
I think it means that he is afraid that bad things will happen. He is afraid to go any where and get hurt by all that stuff. I would not go outside if all that stuff was going to happen.
I think he wrote this because so people can get over the negetives and focus on the positives.