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Note: This is dedicated to the King of Children's poetry, Dr. Seuss. Have fun!

There was a time when I could rhyme
and life for me was so sublime,
that when I strolled the avenue,
new poetry I would debut.

'Bravo!' Some shouted, 'Hoorah!' more cried;
their thirst for rhyming not denied.
And so I slung and slang my stuff,
until one day they yelled, 'Enough!'

By now momentum carried me
beyond the realm of poetry.
Thus I refused to pause or stop
and was arrested by a cop!

He blew his whistle in my face
and tried to put me in my place.
His temper escalated too,
I swear his face was turning blue.

But still I rhymed without a reason
and kept on rhyming without ceasin'.
He ran me in with this excuse,
on felony 'Doc Seuss' abuse.

I kept on rhyming at the jail
and so he booked me without bail.
That cop was burning with a grudge
to hold me 'til I saw the judge.

So I sojourned my so sad journey
and begged to speak to an attorney.
I banged on bars with cups adeptly,
'tis wonder just how long they kept me.

My day in court was long and dreary
and as I rhymed, the judge grew weary.
I pushed the envelope a nuzzle.
The judge then gagged me with a muzzle!

My lawyer begged (his last resort)
and asked for mercy from the court.
'This man's insane!' my lawyer said,
'Perhaps he's haiku in the head!'

So now I'm in a special place,
where words meander off in space,
where poets pen and rhymers quibble
and old men, without teeth, still dribble.

Somewhere where winds waft words less wary,
awash with wisdom without query,
I'll compromise, request acquittal.
Instead of rhyme, why not just riddle?

The Gadfly

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The following comments are for "Doc Seuss Abuse"
by TheGadfly

The Seuss Ruse
This is humorous, very nice touch!

Excellent combination of the personal experience as a police officer and as a father, I bet!

But I think the whole Dr. Seuss has more to it than meets the eye and the letter. There must be something symbolic, like Tolstovian eyes, like a Melvillian sea. I've just remembered that back in college someone wrote a paper on symbolism in Dr. Seuss, I know I'd find it on Google, but I have to go offline now.



( Posted by: Teflon [Member] On: November 21, 2004 )

Talent abounds!
I fell for your meandering riddle...
on my face I fell to giggle!
Although it sounds easy to do
rhyming for some is tough as hiku
from one poet to another
I hope to see more of you brother
or sister
or mister with blisters!

( Posted by: Scryer [Member] On: November 21, 2004 )

Gadfly's Humor
This is good -- good enough that it should be read by more than just a few members. I wonder why you have it posted under humor instead of under poetry where it would get more views?

( Posted by: hazelfaern [Member] On: November 21, 2004 )

Arrested Development
I thank you all your wonderful comments regarding Doc Seuss. While I suspect it is funny, the poetry aspect of it might be questionable in some pudits' view. Yes, it rhymes, but then again so did Mozart.

Any way, I hope you will tell all your poetic friends to give it a view. My intention was never to handcuff the readership.

( Posted by: TheGadfly [Member] On: November 22, 2004 )

Oh, Gadfly!
-- warning, personal opinion --

Gadfly, this is better poetry than a great deal of what gets posted under that category here at Lit. Don't hide your light under a bushel. Don't be bashful. Share your inner Seuss.

( Posted by: hazelfaern [Member] On: November 23, 2004 )

Longfellow shoe fits

Let your marquee shout "POET"!

Lesser lights than yours glow it.

Now if we can get Patrick Stewart to
kick his Crestor habit.

( Posted by: drsoos [Member] On: November 24, 2004 )

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