Long before we had blogs, Google, flickr and Tweets,
Dr. Seuss introduced us to Blogg, Yertle, Once-ler and Kweets.
Along Mulberry Street and Pompelmoose Pass too,
down to Who-ville and over to Solla Sollew.
He showed us odd kingdoms, near and far,
fed our brains and created characters bizarre.
Scores of nonsensical creatures and wacky names
he shared through tongue twisters, dare we say, games.
We’ll forever associate him with Thing One and Thing Two,
The Cat in the Hat and Cindy-Lou Who.
Horton, Thidwick, Sneetches and King Birtram,
The Grinch, Marvin K. Mooney and Sam-I-Am.
Newbies and die-hard readers can’t resist his bestsellers.
Those “Beginner Books” even helped us be better spellers.
Through his deliberate rhythm and whimsical rhyme,
Dr. Seuss delivered clever edutainment every time.
He invited us to McElligot’s pool, the circus and zoos.
Yet mixed in with the fun, Seuss rewarded virtues.
Born Theodore Geisel, he went by Rosetta Stone and Theo LeSieg.
But it was as the beloved Dr. Seuss that he carved out his own league.
He made outrageous drawings with bold splashes of colour,
and he changed kid’s lit; pre-Seuss books just seem duller.
He earned degrees, a Pulitzer Prize and countless awards.
Now posthumous tributes still pour in by the hordes.
From there to here, from here to there,
Dr. Seuss influences people everywhere.
For encouraging our imaginations to blossom,
readers around the world hail him as…
A reading of the Seussian classic I Can Read with My Eyes Shut.
Photo from here.