Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Shel Silverstein's Thesis Writing Advice

This was one of my favorite poems as a child. Clearly, I liked it because I was psychic and knew that one day I would need encouragement while writing a master's thesis. I hope this poem helps you too...

Melinda Mae

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 little girl should...

...and eighty-nine years later she ate
that whale
Because she said she would!!!

From "Where the Sidewalk Ends"

Perhaps I have macaroni & cheese taste in poetry, but
Shel Silverstein is one of my favorite poets, and I was very sad when he died. Also, he wrote for Playboy, so he can't be that bad.

PS. I really hope it doesn't take 89 years to finish my thesis.
PS2. But if it does, I will still finish.


Mike said...

Keep plugging away... you'll get there.

Although, on a depressing note, when one writes, is one ever really finished?

Sorry, shouldn't have said that! I feel your pain, though.

Pj Perez said...

I am eagerly awaiting the release of the PS3!!!

Miserable Grad Student said...

I think being "finished" is a function of time more than anything else.

PJ, What is PS3? Is that Play Station 3? I am so confused.You know I don't have time for video games. Well, except for Guitar Hero. And even that, I don't play except at other people's houses.

Pj Perez said...

I was being cute:

"PS. I really hope it doesn't take 89 years to finish my thesis.
PS2. But if it does, I will still finish."

See, I am waiting for PS3. :)

Meagan said...

My favorite, from memory:

"Walk the plank," said Captain Jim.
"But Captain Jim, I cannot Swim."
"Then you shall steer us through the Gale."
"But Captain Jim, I cannot sail."
"Then down with the galley slaves you go."
"But Captain Jim, I cannot row."
"Then you must be the Pirate's clerk."
"But Captain Jim, I cannot work."
"Then Pirate Captain, you must be."
"Thank you Jim," said Captain Me.

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