Friday Faves! A Funny Message about Selfishness from Shel Silverstein


This Friday Faves is a bit off topic but I couldn’t pass it up. My daughter’s third grade teacher has asked her students to  record the number of minutes they read per day and to read books of varying genres (biographies, poetry, fairy tails, myths, etc.) My daughter has developed a real fondness for poetry. Last night we were reading from Shel Silverstein’s book of poetry “A Light in the Attic” and we came across a poem that caused both of us to burst out laughing, and we laughed harder each time we read the poem out loud to each other.

My husband and I talk to our kids a lot about how to be a giving and generous person and what it means to be selfish. Shel Silverstein puts a hysterical spin on a child’s perspective of selfishness:

 “Prayer of the Selfish Child”

Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray the Lord my soul to keep,

And if I die before I wake,

I pray the Lord my toys to break.

So none of the other kids can use them…


Feel free to let me know if you think this poem is as funny as my daughter and I think it is.


  1. Oh my, I remember this poem from my own childhood. I used to love Shel Siverstein, but for some reason, I haven’t read him with my kids yet. I must get a book of his asap! xoxo

  2. Very funny and true!

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