Monday, December 13, 2010

Almost Perfect

In junior high, we had to memorize a fair amount of poems. I made it interesting by going with goofy Shel Silverstein pieces.

One of my favorites is called "Almost Perfect" (see below). It completely applies to shopping. Being on a budget means never paying full price, which means a lot of things just aren't buyable. Like these Shakuhachi heels ($268, cough).

But, these B. Makowsky "Amie" cage heels mimic that strappy feel across the front.... for $53, with my coupon ($73 otherwise).

Almost perfect.....and quite good enough for me.

“Almost Perfect” by Shel Silverstein

“Almost perfect… but not quite.”
Those were the words of Mary Hume
At her seventh birthday party,
Looking ‘round the ribboned room.
“This tablecloth is pink not white—
Almost perfect…but not quite.”

“Almost perfect…but not quite.”
Those were the words of grown-up Mary
Talking about her handsome beau,
The one she wasn’t gonna marry.
“Squeezes me a bit too tight—
Almost perfect…but not quite.”

“Almost perfect…but not quite.”
Those were the words of ol’ Miss Hume.
Teaching in the seventh grade,
Grading papers in the gloom
Late at night up in her room.
“They never cross their t’s just right—
Almost perfect…but not quite.”

Ninety-eight the day she died
Complainin’ bout the spotless floor.
People shook their heads and sighed,
“Guess that she’ll like heaven more.”
Up went her soul on feathered wings,
Out the door, up out of sight.
Another voice from heaven came—
“Almost perfect…but not quite.”

From "A Light in the Attic"


Mugdha said...

This poem is perfect! I just posted about my most recent "almost perfect" purchase too.

Desert Flower said...

They are really close. The style is so similar. I think you could love them.