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.
I chose this poem because I thought this poem was quite strong, its very short and to the point. There is a clear beginning, middle and end, sometimes with other poems this gets lost with the vast amount of paragraphs. Shel Silverstein retains with well, this poem is quite sober in a way, I almost feel its like she has this idea of where she wants to be but she isn’t there yet.
This poem was sent to me by a good friend of mine and I really please she did. I love the concept of this poem! It’s comedic and serious which I think is a great balance. The topic matter is something parents everywhere can relate to! A serious warning wrapped with sincerity, I think it’s a really touching piece.
© Poetry Phenomenon 2014
This is personally one of my favorite poems, Andrea Gibson has a way with words. She pulls you in on her journey, using words in a way I have never come across before. This poem moves fast, within this poem there are separate narratives running throughout it, several emotions, honest emotions.
Gibson’s poems almost always involve her, she lays herself bare and I think that is brave. Which is maybe why I admire her so much. This poem builds such a clear image, I personally can see this poem play like a film in my mind. I think this is because Gibson’s voice is strong and carries each sentence like the last, filled with emotion and compassion.The accompany music fits perfectly, rounding it all off nicely. I truly adore this poem.
I choose this poem to be Poem of the Day because I think it is very powerful, the subject matter itself is very deep and not always addressed so honestly. It’s hard hitting, something people can relate to if they have experienced having depression or even knowing someone who suffers from depression. Rage Almighty has also incorporated a video matching up to the content of his poem, which not only engages viewers but puts depression into perspective.