by Jasmine Rose
Today marks the 113th birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss, so I thought I would share excerpts from my favorite poem by him; Oh, the places you’ll go!
Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. / 1 You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you / 2 know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go. You’ll look up and down streets. / 3 Look ‘em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full / 4 of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street. And / 5 you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of / 6 town. It’s opener there in the wide open air. Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as / 7 brainy and footsy as you. And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll / 8 start happening too. OH! THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll / 9 join the high fliers who soar to high heights. You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass / 10 the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best Wherever you / 11 go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t. I’m sorry to say so / 12 but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you. And when you’re / 15 in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done. You will come to a / 16 place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. You can get so confused that / 21 you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across / 22 weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place. The Waiting Place… …for people just waiting. Waiting for / 23 a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come or / 24 the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes / 25 or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting. NO! That’s not for you! Somehow you’ll escape all / 29 that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where the Boom Bands are playing.
Here are some fun fast facts you may not know about the whimsical Doctor Seuss:
“Dr. Seuss.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 1 Mar. 2017, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Seuss. Accessed 2 Mar. 2017.
Seuss. Oh, the Places You'll Go! Random House, 1960.
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