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Dirty Face-Shel Silverstein

刊登日期: 2016.10.08
作者: Michelle Chan  

Where did you get such a dirty face, 

My darling dirty-faced child? 

I got it from crawling along in the dirt 

And biting two buttons off Jeremy's shirt. 

I got it from chewing the roots of a rose 

And digging for clams in the yard with my nose. 

I got it from peeking into a dark cave 

And painting myself like a Navajo brave. 

I got it from playing with coal in the bin 

And signing my name in cement with my chin. 

I got if from rolling around on the rug 

And giving the horrible dog a big hug. 

I got it from finding a lost silver mine 

And eating sweet blackberries right off the vine. 

I got it from ice cream and wrestling and tears

And from having more fun than you've had in years. 


What would you think if you see a young person with a dirty face? You may think that he has a terrible fall, or he has not cleaned his face properly. Shel Silverstein provides some alternative answers. It is possible that he has been ‘crawling along in the dirt’, ‘chewing the root of the tree’, or ‘digging for clams in the yard’. Indeed, the persona is exploring nature with his own method. This is not a poem about how many troubles that the persona gets into, but a poem about how he discovers the sweet sides of nature. The persona gets dirty when he finds ‘a lost silver mine’ and he eats ‘the sweet blueberries right off the vine’. Other than reading and watching animals and plants on television, have you also explored nature in your own way? There are plenty of fascinating animals on land and in the sea, such as ant-eater, which shapes like a vacuum cleaner; platypus, a mammal which has a duck beak; and hammerhead shark, which looks like a swimming hammer. Besides, there are thistles, flowers that shape like little purple pineapples, and buttercups, yellow little flowers that show whether you like butter or not! Explore nature and you will find amazing things! 


Glossary
Alternative 選擇
Mine 礦井
Vine 藤蔓
Explore 探索
Platypus 鴨嘴獸

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