Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: May 20, 2018 – Paging Mr. Silverstein

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I came across this photo on the way to a customer’s office several years ago. I immediately thought of the Shel Silverstein book (and the poem it was named after) “Where the Sidewalk Ends”. It was one of my all time favourite books as a kid though I think the image associated with the poem below made a bit of an impression on me. It scared me a bit when I was little.


It wasn’t long after reading that that I remember dreaming about being on a road trip with my parents where we were going up a massive flyover in our car. Though they didn’t know it, I could see that the highway eventually ended about a hundred feet in the air and we were headed for our doom. It was as if I was both in the car and had a view from a drone above the scene. There was no indication that they were ever going to slow down. The dream ended there.

A decade or so later, my parents’ alcoholism, well underway by the time I had that dream, worsened to the point that I could no longer remain in contact with them. I haven’t spoken to them in over 15 years. The family continued onward and over the edge without slowing. Perhaps there was a bit of prescience in that dream….

Inspired by this week’s Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge.

6 thoughts on “Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: May 20, 2018 – Paging Mr. Silverstein

  1. I adored Shel Silverstein books! Where the Sidewalk Ends was one of my favorites. I could always imagine myself in the situations.
    Listen to the Musn’ts 😀

  2. I really like your photo
    I found it really swell
    I liked your little write-up
    The images as well
    I know that sometimes family
    Leaves wounds that we can’t mend
    But painful times (like sidewalks)?
    At least they – one day – end ☺

    1. Thank you for the amazing poem. I like that a post inspired loosely by Shel Silverstein resulted in a Silverstein-esque poem in response. I love it!

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