'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Menokakkuls - honouring Dr Seuss

Today is a commemoration day... for a wonderful author who cast his philosophical eye over the less than mundane! We have been given a prompt, within Blogville, to do a post in dedication to the wonderful Dr Seuss.

I remember him fondly, well perhaps not the man;
but his writings I do, for they spoke who I am -
A little bit sideways, a little bit weird
and it's only a blessing I don't have a beard....

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though he's long gone away, 
we remember him fondly as
his books, they did stay.

Still they enchant us, they cajole and they tease,
they cause us to giggle and slap hands to knees
he saw the world brightly, with a red stripe or four
and left us all wanting, yes craving for more!

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Here's the thing, though, wonder if you knew?..
Before the cat or Horton, or Red Fish and Blue,
Theodore Geisel wrote stuff darker in hue;
'training' propaganda to keep troops straight and true!

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^ That's a little movie - just in case you miss the arrow!


  1. I missed out on Dr Seuss in my childhood (I'm not sure if other English children in the 1960s read or were read his books - I don't recall hearing about them). Anyway, two years in the USA ensured a belated introduction to this wonderful writer, although I was unaware of his earlier role in WW2.
    Great commemorative verse today.
    Cheers, Gail.

    1. Hari OM
      I was given The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham when we were living in Ipswich... (late 1960s - early 1970s) I would be lying if I said I knew exactly who it was who gifted them - but it may have a bearing that many of the houses locally were rented to US Airforce personnel and dad had associations with many Americans due to his engineering work... Yxx

  2. I'm win Bertie, Dr Seuss unfortunately missed hour childhood reading list
    I luffs your poem today Aunty Yam
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  3. Crikey ..... the Brits missed out on Dr Seuss .... how bad is that????? I LOVED your poem Aunty and I've never heard of Theodore Geisel and nor has Mum but we watched the film and that'd sure keep us on the straight and narrow. Loved the beginning.

    1. Hari OM
      Theodor Geisel has the middle name Seuss... which he adopted for his work! Yxx

  4. Our children loved Dr Seuss, our grandchildren loved Dr Seuss and our great-grandchildren love Dr Seuss.
    We too love Dr Seuss. What a wonderful job he did to entertain so many children through the years.
    A great commemeration today. xx
    P.S. Watched the little film and that bloke got all he deserved. A real propaganda story.

  5. I only had Green eggs& ham. my dad bought it because it was thin and not much to read, so he thought the "read a book to me" thing will be short that evening :o)but I loved it anyway :o)

  6. Great post! We weren't aware of his other talent. :)

  7. Wow, how interesting! We only knew about the children's books too!

    Keep Calm & Bark On Cuz It's Less Than 100 days until B*A*R*!!

    Murphy & Stanley

  8. I adore the Suess books. So do my kids and grandkids. I love your poem!
    I have a newish one, I read it to my clients! 'You're only old once!


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