Life in a Rhyme

This is a sort of self Biography where I incorporated Dr. Seuss quotes.


When I was young and loved Dr. Seuss

my mother would tell me

You silly goose

Listen to me

I have things to say


Today is your day.

You're off to Great Places!

You're off and away!


You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself

any direction you choose.

Kid, you’ll move mountains.”


But as I seeked direction

playing out in the yard

scraping my knees and

Rolling around

I wasn’t the same as

the rest in my town

And when I cried because

I didn’t fit in my mother would say

with a comforting grin

“Be who you are and say what you feel,

because those who mind don't matter

and those who matter don't mind.”


I took that to heart and older I grew

With obstacles coming

more than I knew

I went to school and worked very hard

I did art, learned to read, made my

mother a card. But I was smaller than

the rest of the friends that I made so

my mother would tell me

as my tears would fade.

“A person’s a person no matter how small.”

Again I was off in the world of third grade

I was 9 years old and very afraid

We started to switch some of our classes

with lots of tall teachers with

lots of thick glasses.

I was ahead in math but still

so little, I always got stuck ending up

in the middle and when

I would struggle with any one thing

My teacher would tell me

with a certain spring

“Unless someone like you

cares a whole awful lot,

Nothing is ever going to get better.

It's not”


So I worked even harder

in all that I did

I crammed, studied.

Until as a kid

I couldn’t think anymore

I couldn’t bare my own

I wasn’t expressing what was inside

of my bones

And my mother would tell me

her voice a soft coo

“If things start happening,

don't worry, don't stew,

just go right along and you'll start happening too”


But,assignments meant nothing, because of the

Schools where we fit all our stories into their rules

I couldn’t write how I wanted or say what I thought

I didn’t read all the books that were being taught

And when I followed the rules that were there

I never got justice for grades that I cared

so much about but nobody knew

That I could accomplish all of it too.

Even though I was all by myself

I would take a Suess book off from my shelf

I would read what I wanted

Write how I felt

Not caring if what I said

made people melt.


And when I yelled and I argued and I didn’t accept

My mother finally told me as I sat there and wept

“All alone! Whether you like it or not,

alone is something you'll be quite a lot”


“Be sure when you step,

Step with care and great tact.

And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act.

And will you succeed?

Yes! You will, indeed!

(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed)”

“Kid, you'll move mountains.”


“You're on your own.

And you know what you know.

And YOU are the gal who'll decide where to go.”

“You're off to Great Places!

Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting,

So... get on your way”

The End

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