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THREE STINGS

by Shel Silverstein

George got stung by a bee and said,

“I wouldn’t have got stung if I’d stayed in bed.”

Fred got stung and we heard him roar,

“What am I being punished for?”

Lew got stung and we heard him say,

“I learned somethin’ about bees today.”

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This little Shel Silverstein rhyme speaks volumes about human nature —  how different people can interpret the same experience in different ways, and how we can choose which “answer” to believe. I like to think of Lew as the quintessential writer — always learning, no latter what happens, and expressing himself in stories, song, and poetry.

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Find “Three Stings” in Falling Up, a 176-page collection of poetry and illustrations by Shel Silverstein, available at Amazon.com, where the book has garnered 100 five-star reviews.