# 1: A Favorite Poem by Shel Silverstein
students if they ever mix up difficult pairs of opposites. For example, show a picture of stalactites and one of stalagmites
and ask students to differentiate. Tell students that you sometimes mix up opposites, too, and provide an example.
The hard coal's called bituminous,
Or is that anthracite?
Stalactites grow down from caves,
Or do I mean stalagmites?
Those fluffy clouds are nimbus-
No - wait - they might be cumulus.
And that kid who was raised by
Was he Remus - or Romulus?
The brothauruses ate no meat.
Does that mean they're
Or were they brontosauruses
And were they herbivorous?
A camel is a pachyderm-
Or do I mean dromedary?
Is this match inflammable?
I thought it was incendiary.
Octagons - no hexagons-
No, heptagons have seven sides.
And don't spray fruit with
Or do I mean insecticides?
If I can see right through a thing,
Is it transparent or translucent?
These are just some of the things
I find confusing or confuscent.
Taken from Falling Up by Shel Silverstein.
HarperCollins, 1966, p. 134.