Who does she think she is?

I asked the Zebra:

Are you black with white stripes?
Or white with black stripes?

And the zebra asked me:

Are you good with bad habits?
Or are you bad with good habits?
Are you noisy with quiet times?
Or are you quiet with noisy times?
Are you happy with some sad days?
Or are you sad with some happy days?
Are you neat with some sloppy ways?
Or are you sloppy with some neat ways?

And on and on and on and on
And on and on he went.

I’ll never ask a zebra

About stripes


by Shel Silverstein


I have been: a high school drop-out, a mental patient, a gen-x’r and an ex-con.

I am now: a certified wound care nurse, a frustrated artist, recovering hipster, a single mother, and a science geek.

What I’m not: a doctor, a counselor, your mama, an expert in anything, a representative for any outside interests (academic, public, or private), or a spokesperson for anyone but myself.

When it comes right down to it, I really don’t know if I’m a white zebra with black stripes, or black zebra with white stripes, but I try every day to do good instead of doing nothing, and if you squint it’s all pretty gray anyway.


7 thoughts on “Who does she think she is?

  1. chrisfiore5 says:

    hello how I spent…

    I just dropped by to check out your blog…

    I like zebras… good analogy


  2. f15h says:

    Thanks for the link! I’ve been a fan for a while now, though I don’t have much time to read or write blogs these days.

    By the way, that “I Wanna Be A Male Nurse” link is broken.

    Wish you’re well.

  3. somedaynurse says:

    I know the link is broken, but it was one of my favorite blogs and I just can’t bring myself to delete it. I keep hoping that he’s still out there somewhere, with a new, more anonymous blog, maybe even one that I read every day…

  4. f15h says:

    Hey lady,

    You probably didn’t see this, but either way I’m a little antsy about this idea, so … I e-mailed you at your e-mail address to solicit some feedback on this post regarding its appropriateness and caliber vis-à-vis Change of Shift. If you have a chance, then, and feel so inclined …

  5. cute i like shel poems

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