January 28, 2014

When I Was Your Age



by Shel Silverstein


My uncle said, “How do you get to school?”
I said, “By bus,” and my uncle smiled.
“When I was your age,” my uncle said,
“I walked it barefoot--seven miles.”

My uncle said, “How much weight can you tote?”
I said, “One bag of grain.” my uncle laughed.
“When I was your age,” my uncle said,
“I could drive a wagon--and lift a calf.”

My uncle said, “How many fights have you had?”
I said, “Two--and both times I got whipped.”
“When I was your age,” my uncle said,
“I fought every day--and was never licked.”

My uncle said, “How old are you?”
I said, “Nine and a half,” and then
My uncle puffed out his chest and said,
“When I was your age… I was ten.”

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বসে বসে কীসের অপেক্ষা করছেন? হুড়হুড় করে কুইজের উত্তর পড়তে শুরু করেছে তো। তাও আবার ঠিক উত্তর। শিগগিরি নিজের উত্তর লিখে ফেলুন, না হলে পস্তাবেন।  


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