with eyes wide open, beholding the extra-ordinary in the daily ordinariness of people, things and events

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According to many, the above is Shel Silverstein's best known cartoon. He created it in 1950 and was featured on the cover of his cartoon collection, Now Here’s My Plan: A Book of Futilities, published by Simon & Schuster in 1960. Silverstein biographer Lisa Rogak wrote:

The cartoon on the cover that provides the book’s title would turn out to be one of his most famous and often-cited cartoons. In the cartoon, two prisoners are chained to the wall of a prison cell. Both their hands and feet are shackled. One says to the other, “Now here’s my plan.” Silverstein was both fascinated and distressed by the amount of analysis and commentary that almost immediately began to swirl around the cartoon. “A lot of people said it was a very pessimistic cartoon, which I don’t think it is at all,” he said. “There’s a lot of hope even in a hopeless situation. They analyze it and question it. I did this cartoon because I had an idea about a funny situation about two guys.”


  • What do you make of the cartoon above?
  • Do you think there is anything stronger than chains?
  • What can set us free from all that might be shackling us and imprisoning us at the moment?

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