“Standing Is Stupid” – A Short Poem, in Praise of Lying Down, by Shel Silverstein

“Poetic Wednesday”

Sheldon Allan “Shel” Silverstein (1930-1999) is a popular American writer known for his cartoons, novelty songs, illustrated children’s books and poetry.  His books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold over 20 million copies

(I can identify with this poem because the only total relief I get from my chronic back pain is lying down.)


Standing is stupid.
Crawling’s a curse,
Skipping is silly,
Walking is worse.
Hopping is hopeless,
Jumping’s a chore,
Sitting is senseless,
Leaning’s a bore.
Running’s ridiculous,
Jogging’s insane –
Guess I’ll go upstairs and
Lie down again.

(Shel Silverstein, “A Light in the Attic,” p. 111)

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