The letter is G
and it's all about Ted (Theodor) Geisel and Graduation
Starting with Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss as he is known to millions of readers of all ages) and the wonderful poems he wrote to delight his readers, I am thinking in particular about the last poem he wrote at the end of his life, when he was battling cancer.
"Oh, the Places You'll Go"
It is well known and most appropriate to those starting out in life, at birth, or about the beginning of a new venture, - say after Graduation, and his little book containing the poem is a popular gift for new babies and those preparing to leave school behind and face the Great Unknown.....
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 decided 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.
Dr. Seuss is not all roses and honey. He acknowledges the challenges
and the loneliness we might encounter...
I'm afraid that some times
you'll pllay lonely games too.
Games you can't win
'cause you'll play against you.
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......
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 guy!
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed)
A great and encouraging overview of what lies ahead and how to deal with it, told in the kind of verse that keeps you reading and amused and challenged.
Sometimes when I stir in my sleep at night and reach for the hand that is no longer there I waken and think of Dr. Seuss and his poem (poignantly) and the possibilities it opens
no matter where you are on time's schedule..
Oh, the Places you'll Go
I suppose the die-hard materialist would have little choice - you go up in flame or decompose. But for those whose mind is open to other options -
Who knows? Who knows?
You just never know Where You Will Go, or what adventures await.
If you would like to hear the whole poem read here is a nice Youtube rendition....
More Gs here at ABC Wednesday
with thanks to Denise and Roger and Gallant helpers.