In honor of Dr. Seuss’ upcoming birthday (he would have been 110 years old this March 2nd), a poem…
“The Bear and the Pig and the Giraffe and the Cat”
A bear and a pig and a giraffe and a cat
All went for a walk and then for a nap.
And you’ll never guess what happened next!
They went for a run and then for a rest.
And the bear was too tired and the pig went to play
And the giraffe was so tall so the cat had to say,
“Reach down here my friend. Reach down with your neck.
Take a bite of this apple but just a small speck.”
So the giraffe took a bite and to his delight it tasted just right.
Not one bit ‘not quite.’
And the giraffe went to say “Thank you,” but got all choked up,
For that right bit of apple hit his throat with a lump.
And he coughed and he cuffed ’til the apple shot out
And landed quite wrong on that sleeping bear’s snout.
“Forgive me,” he said as the bear rubbed his nose.
“I am sorry, my friend. From my head to my toes.”
“That’s an awfully long way,” said the bear, “to be sorry.
From you head to your toes? That seems simply jarring.”
“But I am,” said the giraffe. “I will prove it to you.”
And he handed the bear his giraffe sized shoe.
“A gift, my friend. For the apple, I beg.”
The bear said nothing but slipped in his leg.
“A perfect fit!” cried the giraffe as he galloped about.
“Not sure,” said the bear. “I must figure this out.”
And while he thought figuring the pig kept at play.
And the cat, he said nothing, just curled up to stay.
And that is the story of the pig and the cat
And giraffe and the bear. And I hope you come back!
“Writing is dreaming with your eyes open.”