25 Minutes To Go

They're buildin' the gallows outside my cell.
I got 25 minutes to go.

And in 25 minutes I'll be in Hell.
I got 24 minutes to go.

by Shel Silverstein Click to read full poem

Comments (15)

A great poem that requires a nerve and courage even to read. And the farewell.....!
A nerve-racking poem like a horrible scene in the movie...... Great poem by Shel Silverstein.....
I see a candle; s story plummeting by burning inside and slowly and gradually moving towards the end. A fantastic poem with a philosophical undertone.
This is a very well written poem. I like the rhythmic flow of minutes to go.
As i go on step after step i feel as if the noose is tightening around my neck. Such a wonderful poem. seems so real. Thanks for sharing.
I read it in two minutes but it looks like days hanging for days together. What a suspense! Thanks.
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every moment here, is crawling towards the final destination the DEATH!
" For A man to die" ! ! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
I love this poem very much.
I love Shel Silverstein's gruesome humor. If not for the profanity, I would put this on my favorite poem list!
What on earth compels a man to write about the last 25 minutes before taking the gallows? It seems like a discrete topic for a children's author to stumble into. But then, it is Shel Silverstein... he can be a bit gruesome even in his happy pieces. I suppose what disturbs me most about this poem is that there seems to be no resolution. Forgive the pun, but he really leaves the reader hanging!
What on earth compels a man to write about the last 25 minutes before taking the gallows? It seems like a discrete topic for a children's author to stumble into. But then, it is Shel Silverstein... he can be a bit gruesome even in his happy pieces. I suppose what disturbs me most about this poem is that there seems to be no resolution. Forgive the pun, but he really leaves the reader hanging!
What on earth compels a man to write about the last 25 minutes before taking the gallows? It seems like a discrete topic for a children's author to stumble into. Then, it is Shel Silverstein... he can be a bit gruesome even in his happy pieces. I suppose what disturbs me most about this poem is that there seems to be no resolution. Forgive the pun, but he really leaves the reader hanging!
There was never a poem so graphically outstanding! It blew my soul away.