Sunday, August 26, 2007

Seuss Books and Me

[This was written in response to the prompt of "Seuss" at Weekend Wordsmith.]

An I.O.Seuss

I love books, my soul they feed.

My parents taught me how to read

when I was small, on lap I curled

and listened as each tale unfurled.

First nursery rhymes were read to me,

then later I learned "A-B-C".

I learned to read, the words I spoke,

a burning hunger in me woke.

Who fed this hunger? Who gave me more?

'Twas Geisel, first name "Theodore."

Green Eggs and Ham, and Hop on Pop,

once reading had started it never did stop.

"The Cat in the Hat" I did enjoy

and boy! that Cat, he could annoy.

"The Cat in the Hat Comes Back" was next

And Bartholomew Cubbins, a favorite text,

and elephant Horton, with giggling glee,

as he sat on an egg, in a nest, in a tree.

The Sleep Book, a Dictionary writ in French --

The hunger for learning was too much to quench.

I went to school, then to college and work

I take on great tasks, no duties I shirk.

The learning that all of those books did induce

I credit to parents, and to dear Doctor Seuss.


Bonnie Jacobs said...

I like this! And "I.O.Seuss" is so perfect in making your point. I didn't grow up with Dr. Seuss, but my children did. I had Uncle Wiggly -- Howard R. Garris's stories of the kind rabbit gentleman, Uncle Wiggly Longears.

I'm so glad you have joined us at the Weekend Wordsmith ... and that you also like The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. When I was in high school, I had to memorize those lines you and I have posted in our sidebars. The lesson there is so deep, that what we say and do makes a PERMANENT difference.

sister AE said...

Hello, Bonnie. Thanks. By the way, the Rubaiyat is something my dad introduced to me when I was a teen. I kept borrowing his very old copy so much he got me a new one for my birthday that year! These lines in my sidebar seem to echo a large part of my personal philosophy.

November Rain said...

I was a Dr S baby... Books and vids

I was also a disney baby as well as other stories

My Dad was a Bibliomaniac :)

thanks for coming by my blog

sister AE said...

Hi, November. You are welcome.

Linda said...

LOVELY! I love Dr. Seuss!!! And your poetry was lovely, lovely lovely!

How blessed I am to get to read two wonderful writers today, just because Michele sent me!!!

sister AE said...

Thank you, Linda. I'm glad you stopped by.