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Oh- The Places You--39-Ll Go- by Dr. Seuss

Oh the Places You'll Go!



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 guy 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 when 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 the 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

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.

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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 you 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 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...


...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 waiting around for a Yes or a No

Or waiting for their hair to grow.

Everyone is just waiting.


Waiting for the fish to bite

Or waiting for 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 sting 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 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 Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray

Or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea

You're off to Great Places!

Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting.

So...get on your way!

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