by Shel Silverstein 


I'll sing you a poem of a silly young king

Who played with the world at the end of a string,

But he only loved one single thing

And that was just a peanut-butter sandwich.


His scepter and his royal gowns,

His regal throne and golden crowns

Were brown and sticky from the mounds

And drippings from each peanut-butter sandwich.


His subjects all were silly fools

For he had passed a royal rule

That all that they could learn in school

Was how to make a peanut-butter sandwich.


He would not eat his sovereign steak,

He scorned his soup and kingly cake,

And told his courtly cook to bake

An extra-sticky peanut-butter sandwich.


And then one day he took a bite

And started chewing with delight,

But found his mouth was stuck quite tight

From that last bit of peanut-butter sandwich.


His brother pulled, his sister pried,

The wizard pushed, his mother cried,

"My boy's committed suicide

From eating his last peanut-butter sandwich!"


The dentist came, and the royal doc.

The royal plumber banged and knocked,

But still those jaws stayed tightly locked.

Oh darn that sticky peanut-butter sandwich!


The carpenter, he tried with pliers,

The telephone man tried with wires,

The fireman, they tried with fire,

But couldn't melt that peanut-butter sandwich.


With ropes and pulleys, drills and coil,

With steam and lubricating oil

For twenty years of tears and toil

They fought that awful peanut-butter sandwich.


Then all his royal subjects came.

They hooked his jaws with grapplin' chains

And pulled both ways with might and main

Against that stubborn peanut-butter sandwich.


Each man and woman, girl and boy

Put down their ploughs and pots and toys

And pulled until kerack! Oh, joy

They broke right through that peanut-butter sandwich.


A puff of dust, a screech, a squeak

The king's jaw opened with a creak.

And then in voice so faint and weak

The first words that they heard him speak

Were, "How about a peanut-butter sandwich?"




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