[Vision2020] My favoritest poem of all time

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Wed Nov 14 04:17:05 PST 2018

This poem should be read to every newborn.

Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .

"Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho

> On Nov 14, 2018, at 4:08 AM, Tom Hansen <thansen at moscow.com> wrote:
> "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss
> Congratulations!
> 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.
> You're on your own. And you know what you know.
> And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.
> You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
> About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
> With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
> you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
> And you may not find any
> you'll want to go down.
> In that case, of course,
> you'll head straight out of town.
> It's opener there
> in the wide open air.
> Out there things can happen
> and frequently do
> to people as brainy
> and footsy as you.
> And when things start to happen,
> don't worry. Don't stew.
> Just go right along.
> You'll start happening too.
> You'll be on your way up!
> You'll be seeing great sights!
> You'll join the high fliers
> who soar to high heights.
> You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
> You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
> Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best.
> Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
> Except when you don't
> Because, sometimes, you won't.
> I'm sorry to say so
> but, sadly, it's true
> and Hang-ups
> can happen to you.
> You can get all hung up
> in a prickle-ly perch.
> And your gang will fly on.
> You'll be left in a Lurch.
> You'll come down from the Lurch
> with an unpleasant bump.
> And the chances are, then,
> that you'll be in a Slump.
> And when you're in a Slump,
> you're not in for much fun.
> Un-slumping yourself
> is not easily done.
> You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
> Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked.
> A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
> Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
> How much can you lose? How much can you win?
> And IF you go in, should you turn left or right...
> or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
> Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
> Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,
> for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.
> You can get so confused
> that you'll start in to race
> down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
> and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
> headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
> The Waiting Place...
> ...for people just waiting.
> Waiting for a train to go
> or a bus to come, or a plane to go
> or the mail to come, or the rain to go
> or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
> or waiting around for a Yes or a No
> or waiting for their hair to grow.
> Everyone is just waiting.
> Waiting for the fish to bite
> or waiting for wind to fly a kite
> or waiting around for Friday night
> or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
> or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
> or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
> or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
> Everyone is just waiting.
> NO!
> That's not for you!
> Somehow you'll escape
> all that waiting and staying.
> You'll find the bright places
> where Boom Bands are playing.
> With banner flip-flapping,
> once more you'll ride high!
> Ready for anything under the sky.
> Ready because you're that kind of a guy!
> Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
> There are points to be scored. there are games to be won.
> And the magical things you can do with that ball
> will make you the winning-est winner of all.
> Fame! You'll be famous as famous can be,
> with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.
> Except when they don't.
> Because, sometimes, they won't.
> I'm afraid that some times
> you'll play lonely games too.
> Games you can't win
> 'cause you'll play against you.
> All Alone!
> Whether you like it or not,
> Alone will be something
> you'll be quite a lot.
> And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
> you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
> There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
> that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.
> But on you will go
> though the weather be foul
> On you will go
> though your enemies prowl
> On you will go
> though the Hakken-Kraks howl
> Onward up many
> a frightening creek,
> though your arms may get sore
> and your sneakers may leak.
> On and on you will hike
> and I know you'll hike far
> and face up to your problems
> whatever they are.
> You'll get mixed up, of course,
> as you already know.
> You'll get mixed up
> with many strange birds as you go.
> So be sure when you step.
> Step with care and great tact
> and remember that Life's
> a Great Balancing Act.
> Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
> And never mix up your right foot with your left.
> And will you succeed?
> Yes! You will, indeed!
> (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
> ———————————————
> Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .
> "Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
> http://www.MoscowCares.com
> Tom Hansen
> Moscow, Idaho
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