Shel’s Guilt Trips Unlimited

Everybody says Shel Silverstein. But have you, folks, read The Giving Tree? I still have PTSD from it. N discovered it first and almost needed sedation after reading it.

It figures that the author is Jewish, and so his whole family must have worked as travel agents for Guilt Trips Unlimited.

If you don’t understand what I’m on about, it’s really, honestly great. But for people like us, a lot of bad, bad stuff is awakened by this whiny, mealy-mouthed guilt-tripping. It’s like for a child of alcoholics to read a story where a drunkard mommy is presented as cute and endearing.

11 thoughts on “Shel’s Guilt Trips Unlimited”

  1. Shel Silverstein is commercial drivel.

    I liked Vicente Huidobro because of the funny images and rhymes.

    I like Coleridge for the sonority.

    I am talking about poems I liked when I was too young to read.


  2. I never read his poetry but I love a lot of Shel Silverstein’s songs (oddly enough he wrote some great country songs). They’re not weepy sentimental country but funny, self-aware country.
    One of my personal favorites of his “Hey Loretta” (a song Loretta Lynn disliked even though it was a big hit for her)


      1. “many people think that the problem with the original story is the boy is too selfish and the tree is too nice”

        Reminds me of a description of an endlessly self-sacrificing (and mercilessly guilt tripping) matriarch: “She’s as selfless as a vampire bat.”


    1. I was just thinking the same thing! I don’t really like “the Giving Tree”, but really enjoyed “Where the Sidewalk Ends”. That’s one of the two my son asked us to buy.


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