BC: Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss Illustrated by Max and Popsicle. February 2011.
1: Congratulations! Today is your day! You're off to Great Places! You're off and away! | You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own and you know what you know. YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.
2: 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. | And you may not find any you'll want to go down. In that case, of course, you'll head straight out of town.
3: It's opener there in the wide open air.
4: Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you. | And when things start to happen, don't worry. Don't stew. Just go right along. You'll start happening, too! Oh, the Places You'll Go!
5: You won't lag behind because you have the speed. You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
6: You'll be on your way up! You'll be seeing great sights. You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.
7: Except when you don't. Because, sometimes, you won't. I'm sorry to say so but, sadly, it's true that Bang-ups and Hangups can happen to you.
8: You'll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you'll be a Slump. And when you're in a Slump, you're not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done. You'll come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked. A place you could sprain both our elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you loose? How much can you win?
9: And IF you go in, should you turn left or right... or right and three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back and sneak in from behind? Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind. | You can get so confused that you'll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place. The Waiting Place...
10: ...for people just waiting. Waiting for a train to go or the bus to come, or a plane to go, or the mail to come, or the rain to go, or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow, or the waiting around for aYes or No, or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting. Waiting for the fish to bite, or waiting for the wind to fly a kite, or waiting around for Friday night. or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake, or a pot to boil, or a Better Break, a string of pearls, or a pair of pants, or a wing with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.
11: NO! That's not for you!
12: With banner flip-flapping, once more you'll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you're that kind of a guy! | 3rd place, Howard County Chess Tournament | Somehow you'll escape all that waiting and staying. You'll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing.
13: Oh, the places you'll go! There's fun to be done. Points to be scored. Games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. | Fame! You'll be as famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you on TV.
14: Except when they don't. Because, sometimes, they won't. I'm afraid that some times you'll play lonely games too. Games you can't win 'cause you'll play against you. All Alone! 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.
15: 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 though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a fghtening creek, though your arms may get sore and sneakers leak.
16: On you will hike. And I know you will hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are.
17: You'll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact and remember that Life is a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mixed up your right foot with your left.
18: And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent, guaranteed). KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!
19: Be you name Max, Jack, or Ravi. or Mordecai Ali O'Shea, You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way! Words by Dr. Seuss Illustrated by Max and Popsicle February 2011.