Oh The Places We’ll Go…

Oh the places you'll go 
Dear Dr.Suess,

The slave trade hasn't gone away. It's still here.

50% of the world's victims of the modern slave trade are children. 

So today, on your 107th birthday, I pray all the places we'll go — abolitionist, victim, and human being alike — will be places to freedom, reconciliation, redemption and love.

And yes, there will be places where the Haken-Kraks howl and enemies prowl…

… but there too will be Great Places… Great Places to stay.
Let's step up and out now.
Let's be off and away.
______________________________________________________________________________

Oh The Places You'll Go!
by Dr.Suess

Congratulations!
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
in any direction you choose.
You're on your own. 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 footsy and brainy as you.

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

OH! THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!

You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
and soar to high heights.

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

You'll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant Bump.
Then, chances are, 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!
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should 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 weird wildish space,
headed, I fear, for a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go, 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 round 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.

NO! 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 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 on TV.

Except when they don't, because sometimes… they won't.

I'm afraid sometimes 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 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 a-many frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak.

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 guaranteeed).

KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So… 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!
So… get on your way!

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