POETRY BY DR.SEUSS

When I was a teacher of 4th graders,there was no more favorite time for both them and me,was to read one of Dr. Seuss’ books…even now I have very pleasant and vivid memories of those experiences.

How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon.
December is here before it’s June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?
~Dr. Seuss

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
~Dr. Seuss

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 string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.
~ Dr.Seuss

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
~Dr. Seuss

Did I ever tell you that Mrs. McCave
Had twenty-three sons, and she named them all Dave?
Well, she did. And that wasn’t a smart thing to do.
You see, when she wants one, and calls out “Yoo-Hoo!
Come into the house, Dave!” she doesn’t get one.
All twenty-three Daves of hers come on the run!
This makes things quite difficult at the McCaves’
As you can imagine, with so many Daves.
And often she wishes that, when they were born,
She had named one of them Bodkin Van Horn.
And one of them Hoos-Foos. And one of them Snimm.
And one of them Hot-Shot. And one Sunny Jim.
Another one Putt-Putt. Another one Moon Face.
Another one Marvin O’Gravel Balloon Face.
And one of them Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate…
But she didn’t do it. And now it’s too late.
~Dr. Seuss

99 Responses

  1. I’m approaching 50, and was lucky enough to be given Dr Seuss’s books in my early childhood, despite being from a poor background, green eggs and ham will stay with me forever, but more so in sophisticated company, I still rely on jokes such as: Why do birds fly south in winter; why do firemen wear red braces and what is big and red and eats rocks?

  2. My favorite quote is “be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind”

  3. What’s the deal with the word “flewn”, as in “My goodness how the time has flewn.”? I assume not a typo – just a little twist to grab ones attention or to help with the flow? Thanks for any info.

  4. Love Dr.Seuss!! We share the same birthday March 2

  5. i love your book quotes and such and you inspire me to start writing and such your awesome keep on going !!!

  6. Hi Lauren,

    I don’t remember where “how did get so late so soon” came from….I think a good option would be “The Lorax“….it has an adult theme.

    Sid

  7. trying to think of a good book for my senior class. any ideas? oh the places we will go has been used in the past but i want something a little different.
    i really like
    how did it get so late so soon
    but i cannot find what book it is from can anyone help me please

  8. Dr.seuss you are my favorite author! I do not have a favorite story because they are all out of this world! I am Sasha Ranee Longoria Blanca Soto’s daughter. I typed this not my mom.

  9. 143 Dr. Seuss that means i love you
    1 4 3

  10. Hi Betty,

    “Oh the Places You’ll Go” is commonly used at weddings…I did find a short poem reported to be by Dr.Seuss:

    Pastor: Will you take her as your wife?
    Will you love her all your life?

    Groom: Yes, I take her as my wife,
    Yes, I’ll love her all my life.

    Pastor: Will you have, and also hold
    Just as you have at this time told?

    Groom: Yes, I will have, and I will hold,
    Just as I have at this time told,
    Yes, I will love her all my life
    As I now take her as my wife.

    Sid

  11. I was at a wedding Sat, where they read the best poem by Dr. Suess. It was quite long and not a short cute one for kids. It was perfect for the young married couple.
    Do you know which one I am talking about. I would so love to have a copy of it.

  12. I have to do an assignment for poetry and I could pick any poem and I chose one of yours! I love your books,too. Meredith -8yrs.

  13. this is a good childrens site except for the last poem i love my job

  14. This site is very helpful! Right now I take PSSA’s at Sarah Starkweather in West

  15. hey i love dr seuss

  16. Hi Celine…Dr Seuss first children’s book was “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” in 1937…Sid

  17. Thank you so much does anybody know when he first published his first poem I desperately need to know

    Cheers

  18. it is interesting

  19. Dear Cristie…I would like to express my appreciation for your kind comment to Tori….I think Dr.Seuss would have shared your feelings and expressed it in his own unique way…Sid

  20. Tori- It’s great that these poems make you feel better. But you shouldn’t let other people get you down. 99.9% of people don’t know what there talking about or why they are talking about it. So don’t let them affect you. I don’t agree with most religions but I don’t put down other people for what they believe… And it’s because I have grown to know better… so give the haters time to grow.

  21. Dr. Seuss is just amazing!!!!! ;D

  22. This site is really a great help. I have no friends and I am Jehovah witness so people tease me. These poems make me feel a lot better!

  23. i luv u dr Seuss

  24. hey doc.

  25. OMG OMG OMG! I LOVE YOU DR.SEUSS! YOU ARE A LEGEND NOT LIKE A ROCK LENGEND AHA BUT LIKE A POEM ARTIST LEGEND LOL ❤

  26. happy birthday

  27. I love this

  28. happy birthday

  29. ur the poet doc.

  30. i think your awesome dr suess u are my inspiration everyday since the very first day i heard about u i want to know if yu like my poems .

  31. I LOVE this website it is helpful for everybody!….It helps me with my school project on Dr.Seuss and poems we have to write to kids for cancer 🙂 😀 🙂 😀 ~gigi…….P.S. Thanks Dr.Seuss

  32. i luv u!!!! your awesome!

  33. This is an awesome site…! I love this site and its really helpful for my school project.

  34. I LOVE YOU DR SUESS!!!

  35. like the poetry

  36. ur cool dr. seuss

  37. these are amazing!! Dr Seuss truly will live forever!!!
    :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  38. I love it

  39. like your poems and big fan

  40. love you

  41. I love his books and poems

  42. i love dr. seuss so much!! r.i.p ♥

  43. I LOVE Dr. Seuss. I wish he was still alive.He….was…so…amazing!!!!!

  44. hey i love all these poems

  45. I love your books

  46. i lovee thiss websitee . i lovee dr.suess and all his poems/books . ily dr.suess
    -forevah diamunique .

  47. i love these poems! they never will get old!

  48. I ❤ this poem!
    But not my job so much! Hehe

  49. dr. seuss is such a great person.

  50. I ❤ DR.SEUSS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

  51. cooooooooooool

  52. they were great

  53. wow. Dr. Suess, you are amazing. I can relate to soo many of these poems! 🙂

  54. Dr Seuss!!! Your so cool, best person of all time! (apart from me! hehe)
    ~:)

  55. Dr.Seuss is one of the best writers of all time

  56. I like poems so much

  57. Dr.Suess is whats up!

  58. Dr. Seuss, you are creative!♥

  59. Your the best !!

  60. this is cute

  61. Dr Seuss is amazing 🙂

  62. Dr suess you were awesome !!

  63. Dr.Seuss didn’t invent reading but invented the fun in reading.

  64. Dr. Seuss is sooo funny! i love all of his books and poems!!!!! 🙂

  65. I LOVE DOCTOR SUESS!

  66. Dr suess is happy up in the sky

  67. He’s pretty cool

  68. I LOVE EVERYTHING!!!

  69. i love your poems, they are good for kids

  70. He is my favorite author

  71. I love your books !!!!!:)<3

  72. i like that last poem i like it very much i love your books !!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  73. His poems are the best

  74. your poems are the BEST!!!!!!!

  75. LOVE THEM seriously Dr. Seuss

  76. I love your poetry its so exciting ;D

  77. Dr. Suess is awesome!

  78. I like how he makes all his poems and books ryhme

  79. I liked the poem about a job and other poems as well. Lovely! thank you

  80. i love this website because i had a project and this helped me a lot

    thanks so much

    Katie

  81. I love Dr. Seuss, Im doing a report about him in school. Best Poet and Writer Ever.

  82. dr.suess poems are the best yet…no matter what, i will ALWAYS and forever will love Dr.Seuss.~bekah

  83. I love all of your poems and i remember reading them when i was a little kid in kindergarten. they make me feel like i did back then and i still enjoy reading them with my nephews 🙂 Thank you!!~Jessica

  84. HI..Enjoyed reading these poems ~lolcat

  85. love the cat in the hat~Andrew

  86. i love dr.seuss i am getting a poem for school.~Vada

  87. These are amazing. !!! ~Dave

  88. His books are awesome!!!~Cathy

  89. i luv his books their awesome!!!!!!!~Bonnie

  90. I LOVE LOVE LOVE ALL of Dr. Seuss’ poems!!!!!! they’re so funny!!!~Taylor

  91. nice very nice ~edwin

  92. i luv dr.seuss~Olivia

  93. wow that is some really cool books~santigo

  94. i luv dr. suess books their the best!~ariah

  95. I like your poems ~Mike

  96. Nice Poems!!!!!!~Brandon

  97. so funny! lol! I luv it all!!!!!~sugardoll

  98. hi cool poem dude ~lindsey

  99. cool books..Kailtyn

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