O The Places We’ve Been – A Rewrite of a Dr. Seuss Poem

suessToday as we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, I thought it appropriate to pay tribute to the great children’s writer by rewriting one of his most famous works.  Only this time, instead of writing to children, this poem is rewritten for adults – especially ones who might be thinking their best years are behind them or wondering if God is still going to use them.  Enjoy


You are still alive today
You’ve been to great places
Near and far away
With the brains in your head
And shoes covering  your toes
You did steer yourself
In the directions you chose

You learned about life  and other things too.
And through it all you discovered, just what to do.

You looked  up and down streets. Looked at them with care.
About some you knew that you shouldn’t go there.

But even with a head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,

You sometimes made bad choices on a not-so-good street..

But when you found no street
That you wanted to go down.
In that case, of course,
You headed straight out of town.

Life was opener there

in the wide open air.

Out there things did happen
and frequently did
that you never saw coming
when you were a kid

When the bad things did happen
You learned not to worry or stew
These things were all part of
How you learned and you grew.

THE PLACES You’ve been

You’ve had times way up

Where your life was a sight!
You were successful in things
And soared to high heights.

Your memories of good times were special indeed

You kept up with life because you had the speed.

You learned to enjoy your life and do what you need.

To succeed and be great, the best of the best
Working hard in your life and enjoying God’s rest.

Except when times were bad
Because, sometimes they’re sad

I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly, it’s true
both good and bad things
have happened to you.

But don’t get all hung up
thinking the best is behind
Your life is not over
A new life awaits you to find

Your life is not over
if you feel like a dump
And the chances are, then,
that you’re just  in a Slump.

And when you’re in a Slump,
and I know its not fun
But with God’s help in your actions
it is easily done.

It’s time to come back to a place where the streets that are marked.
The windows are lighted. And your path is not dark.

It could be new place or even places you’ve been
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,
That getting back on the path is hard on the mind.

Don’t let it confuse you
or give you a frown
It’s time to discover a new part of town.

It’s time to get up, you are not staying down
You have much more to offer so get off the ground
This is your life, stop waiting around

…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 your hair to grow.
Don’t sit there waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, just for waiting’s sake
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.
Don’t just sit waiting.

That’s not for you!

Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You’ll find the bright places
where God’s works are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you’ll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that girl or guy!

Oh, the places you’ll still go! There is still 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.

Invest is some others who need the wisdom that’s yours

Show them what’s right for the hims and the hers.

Except when they don’t.
Because, sometimes, they won’t.

I’m afraid that some times
investing in others hurts too
There will be Games you can’t win
Because they won’t always listen to you

You are not Alone!
If it feels like it or not,
God’s love is something
That you’ve always got.

And when you focus on Him, there’s a very good chance
That things are better than they seemed at first glance.
His guidance is with you both hither and yon,
And will give you the grace to want to go on.

And on you will go
though life might seem foul
On you will go
though your enemies prowl
On you will go
though the Satan’s own howl
Onward up many
a challenging creek,
though your life mission may strain you
God never gets weak.

On and on you will hike
and I know you’ll hike far
in your newest adventures
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.)



get yourself going, don’t sit here and stay
But take a few moments to ask God and pray
you’re again off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is still out there
So…get on your way!



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2 responses to “O The Places We’ve Been – A Rewrite of a Dr. Seuss Poem

  1. Jim&Sandy

    Steve. This is incredible!!! Gods not finished with be yet! AS

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Precarious Yates

    Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Of all the famous people I could share a birthday with, I’m glad it’s him. I would have loved to meet him!

    That’s a great rewrite and tribute. Beautiful! Blessings to you, Steve!

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