The poem, which appears in this post under the heading “Article,” was written by Charles Apple in memory of Theodore Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) whose birthday was 3/2/1904, exactly 110 years ago. The poem originally appeared as part of an Orange County Register Focus Page on 2/28/2014.
I chose to include the poem about Dr. Seuss in a post about recovery from adversity because, believe it or not, there is a connection between Dr. Seuss and recovery from adversity. The first children’s book Dr. Seuss tried to publish, “Mulberry,” was rejected by 27 publishers. Had Dr. Seuss tried 26 or fewer publishers then given up, the genre would not be what it is today and Dr. Seuss would not be a household name. Recovery from adversity is difficult and may, at times, seem hopeless. Modify your plan as needed, but Never Ever Give Up.
He wrote fun, fun books. He wrote them for kids.
His work never faltered; he avoided the skids.
We love Dr. Seuss, we say with a grin.
This Sunday he would have turned 110.
He wasn’t a doctor, as you’d probably guess,
But Theodor Seuess Geisel was one of the best.
Ted studied at Dartmouth, which he found just right
for learning to draw and learning to write.
He was kicked off the staff of a student-run mag
for taking an illegal drink — what a drag.
Not wanting to leave, Ted did something clever,
He called himself “Seuss” and used “Ted” rarely ever.
He moved to Oxford were he read English lit.
But he found England boring and left after a bit.
Seuss worked at magazines and he did work in ads,
Drawing cartoons for moms and sketches for dads.
He wrote a kids book filled with lots of fun rhymes,
It was turned down 27 times.
Finally, a publisher came to his aid,
“Mulberry” got printed — Oh, the sales that were made!
Ted’s career as an author took off like a rocket,
He found lots of fame and cash for his pocket.
His biggest success came with a cat and a crew,
Two children a fish and Thing One and Thing Two.
Another big hit was “Green Eggs and Ham,”
A charming kids book no critic could slam.
His holiday book about a tight-fisted old Grinch,
Transferred to TV — success was a cinch.
His creations were fun, his characters loony,
Horton and Mayzie and Marvin K. Mooney.
And Yertle and Lorax and Thidwick and Ish
And Sam, Mr. Brown, and red and blue fish.
In later years, Seuss gravitated to more,
Topics like aging, nature, and war.
Seuss finally died at age 87,
I hope he’s writing more books up in heaven.
Ted’s work I adored, in fact and in deed,
Without his books I wouldn’t know how to read.
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Thanks to Chelle for sharing the article with me; Charles Apple for writing the poem and article about Theodore Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss); Orange County Register for enabling Charles Apple to share his creativity, knowledge, and skill with its readers; Dr. Seuss for introducing children around the world to the fun characters and stories he created; Universal Pictures for ensuring that, 110 years after Theodore Seuss Geisel was born, people can enjoy Dr. Seuss stories online; YouTube for hosting the Universal Pictures video; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, video, and text I used in this post.