A Birthday Poem for Dr. Seuss Written by an Old ChanteuseJohn Cave Osborne
Anyway, for those of you not currently on the phone with your attorney, I thought it might be fun to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a poem. Only one problem. Today’s also the premier of The Lorax, so I thought we could do both, right? Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and the premier of The Lorax with a poem. I’m pretty sure I can pull that off. Not as well as Dr. Seuss, of course, but pretty well, all things considered. Especially for an old
chanteuse chap like me.
Anywho (even Cindy Lou Who who was no more than two?), here goes:
A birthday, folks, is always grand.
Especially when it’s a man
Who’s written lots of classic books.
Whose characters have funny looks.
I’m speaking of a man named Ted.
Who used a different name instead.
A name that got a lot of use.
I speak, of course, of Dr. Seuss.
In case you live beneath a rock,
(You know that I don’t mean to mock)
But if you’ve sniffed a bunch of floor wax,
You might not know about the Lorax.
It’s turned into a movie, now,
That starts today, so that is how
To celebrate this day in style
And give the man a birthday style.
Your kids will surely love The Lorax.
(Unless they’re also sniffing floor wax.)
The triplets simply cannot wait
To get their ticket at the gate.
I’m excited, too, you see.
For the opportunity
To see The Lorax with my kids
And tell them all the good he did.
Cause that’s the thing about this tale.
It wasn’t written just for sale.
Like all his books, it’s clearly smart,
But this one’s written from the heart.
For Dr. Seuss was all about
Eliminating any doubt
Surrounding our environment
And how we must be kind to it.
Something that my kids should know
And embody as they grow,
This concept that is quite deserving,
The one that celebrates conserving.
I really want my kids to get it.
Hopefully, they won’t forget it.
Because it’s up to each of them
To treat our planet like a friend.
And when your crew’s as big as mine
You’d best conserve all the time.
I don’t mean to be a tyrant
But carbon footprints like a giant?
Not exactly cool, my friends.
Which brings me back on point again.
To tell you that I think you should
Go see this movie if you could.
Because the tale will make you smile,
The cause behind it worth the while
To spend the money and the time
And soak up all the funny rhymes.
It’s kinda rare, if you ask me
That a big ol’ family
Can all enjoy a common thing
But that’s what Dr. Seuss will bring.
So, see you in the popcorn line. And Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!