Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!

You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself 

any direction you choose.


You're on your own. And you know what you know.  
And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go.
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.

It's opener there
in the wide open air.


Out there things can happen 

and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.


And then things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew. 
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.




You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers 

who soar to high heights.


You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.


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  Hang-ups
can happen to you.


You can get all hung up 

in a prickle-ly  perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.

You'll come down from the Lurch 

with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a Slump.


And when you're in a Slump,
you're not in for much fun.

Un-slumping yourself

is not easily done.



You will 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 your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?


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 their 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...


...for people just waiting.

Waiting for a train to go

or a 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 a Yes 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

or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants

or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.

Everyone is just waiting.



That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying

You'll find the bright places

where Boom Bands are playing.


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!

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are 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 win on TV.


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.

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 frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore

and your sneakers may leak.


On and on you will hike,
And I know you'll hike far

and face up to your problems

whatever they are.


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's 
a Great Balancing Act.

Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.


And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)




be your name Eleda or EcNiv or Iret
or Rose Charles Lynn Albert or even Evets,

You're off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!

*** The above text from Dr. Seuss was copyrighted in 1990 and is published by Random House.  I took some liberty with the names in the last paragraph:)