Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends
by Shel Silverstein
There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

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


When the sidewalk comes to an end, something else picks up where it left off.  This blog will be an accounting of those “somethings.”  After a decade of teaching middle school English/reading (mostly 8th grade), the boxes and boxes of YA books are packed away as Thad and I transition into the adventures of life in the Foreign Service.

4 thoughts on “Where the Sidewalk Ends

  1. I love Shel Silverstein! Have you ever seen his adult book? I checked it out at the library. I saw his name on it and figured it was one of his children’s poem books. Man I was super surprised when I got home!

    Blog bookmarked!


    • Yeah, there was a lot more to him than just poems for kids. He worked for Playboy as a cartoonist for quite a bit of time. I think some of my elementary teachers may have been horrified to have had that information on hand! 🙂


  2. Bookmarked! So excited for you two, and happy that I’ll be able to follow along as you set out on the next adventure.

    In the meantime: come up to NYC one of these weekends! & I’ve got DC on my near-future radar. Love to you both, and one city or another, I’ll see you soon.


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