Poetry Friday: Birthday Poetry with Dr. Seuss

Seuss Birthday CakeAs I said in my previous post, today is my birthday. So I wanted to share some birthday poetry. But I’m in a bouncy mood so the thing that most appealed to me right now was Dr. Seuss! And of course, he has a whole book about birthdays! So I pulled it off the shelf and decided to share this passage with you! It’s only a tiny piece of the book, which is charming (as all his books are), although not really one of his best overall. It’s a fun one for birthdays, though. So here’s what Dr. Seuss has to say about birthdays from part of Happy Birthday to You!

And five minutes later, you’re having a snack
On your way out of town on a Smorgasbord’s back.
“Today,” laughs the Bird, “eat whatever you want.
Today no one tells you you cawnt or you shawnt.
And, today, you don’t have to be tidy or neat.
If you wish, you may eat with both hands and both feet.
So get in there and munch. Have big munch-er-oo!
Today is your birthday! Today you are you!

If we didn’t have birthdays, you wouldn’t be you.
If you’d never been born, well then what would you do?
If you’d never been born, well then what would you be?
You might be a fish! Or a toad in a tree!
You might be a doorknob! Or three baked potatoes!
You might be a bag full of hard green tomatoes.
Or worse than all that… Why you might be a WASN’T!
A Wasn’t has no fun at all. No, he doesn’t.
A Wasn’t just isn’t. He just isn’t present.
But you… You ARE YOU! And, now isn’t that pleasant!

So we’ll go to the top of the toppest blue space,
The Official Katroo Birthday Sounding-Off Place!
Come on! Open your mouth and sound off at the sky!
Shout loud at the top of your voice, “I AM I!
I am I!
And I may not know why
But I know that I like it.
Three cheers! I AM I!”

Have a great summer day everybody! I hope it’s beautiful and you get to do something fun! I’m going to go visit a new baby (Hi Evie!) and her proud parents (congrats again Jeff and Viv!) and spend the rest of the day doing fun things being me! I AM I!

The round up is at a wrung sponge today, so head on over there and check it out!

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