Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Melinda Mae by Shel Silverstein

Have you heard of tiny Melinda Mae,
Who ate a monstrous whale?
She thought she could,
She said she would,
So she started in right at the tail.
And everyone said,"You're much too small,"
But that didn't bother Melinda at all,
She took little bites and she chewed very slow,
Just like a good girl should...
...and in eighty-nine years she ate that whale
Because she said she would!

This poem depicts my personality. I believe that we can find ourselves in poems and even laugh at ourselves. In this poem, young Melinda Mae is depicted eating a whale, an enormous task from which she does not flinch. To see her finish the whale you turn the page where an old woman sits with just the bones left. I believe in starting tasks and finishing them, firmly trusting that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to understanding that while it may be a long and difficult journey it can be completed.

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