We do enjoy the singing parts

By Mir
July 28, 2005

The entire world is reading Harry Potter, and I am stuck with THIS rattling around my brain:

“I am not your missing piece.
I am nobody’s piece.
I am my own piece.
And even if I was
somebody’s missing piece
I don’t think I’d be yours!”


  1. Skob

    I laugh because I know the book you quote is Shel Sliverstein’s “The Missing Piece.” I have read it to my grandaughter many times. The real meaning of the book don’t hit you till you have read it, oh say ten times or more. Tis sad in deed that the world lost him(Sliverstein) so young. :) Have a great day Skob

  2. carolb

    He’s the best! My kids had a few of his books growing up. One in particular about band-aid was the ‘crack me up’ at our house. It was just like our oldest daughter — always full of band aids for the silliest things!!!

  3. JuJuBee

    This is one of LittleJuJu’s favorite books. He would always make me read the excerpt from “The Big O” on the back cover flap and I finally bought the book for him the other day so he could read more than just a paragraph…he doesn’t get the true meaning just yet, but one day I hope he will.

  4. buffi

    Ah! I love Shel Silverstein and have since the librarian read “Sick” from Where the Sidewalk Ends. Reading it with my kids now, I realize how much deeper he was than I ever knew.

  5. SarahCynthiaSylviaStout

    Shel Silverstein trivia that I just learned yesterday: He wrote “A Boy Named Sue” that Johnny Cash had such a hit with.

    Sorry if y’all knew that already.

    Shuttin up now.

  6. Elisson

    Not just “A Boy Named Sue,” but pretty much every song recorded by Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show, a band that was popular for twenty minutes back in the ’70’s.

    Silverstein was a genius.

    And now, I’m off to look for my Nizzin Geese.

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