Shel Silverstein:The Yipiyuk

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“The Yipiyuk”
Artist: Shel Silverstein
Albums: Where the Sidewalk Ends (1976)

In the swamplands long ago,
Where the weeds and mudglumps grow,
A yipiyuk bit on my toe...
Exactly why I do not know.
I kicked and cried
And hollowed "Oh"--
The Yipiyuk would not let go.
I whispered to him soft and low--
The Yipiyuk would not let go.
I shouted "Stop," "Desist" and "Whoa"--
The Yipiyuk would not let go.
Yes, that was sixteen years ago,
The snow may fall,
The winds may blow--
The Yipiyuk will not let go.
The snow may melt,
The grass may grow--
The Yipiyuk will not let go.
I drag him 'round wach place I go,
This Yipiyuk that won't let go.
And now my child at last you know
Exactly why I walk so slow.