“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” ~ Dr. Seuss, American writer and cartoonist best known for his collection of children’s books. 1904-1991
The seriousness of day-to-day activities of adults extinguish that wondrous child deep inside each of us. How can we reignite that spark of child-like wonder? We can reconnect to our innocent inquisitiveness by engaging in nonsense like invent and use words that make no sense. Or, we could behave like a clown or comedian applying good humor and wit.
Dabbling in nonsense liberates our creative spirit and enhances our ability to manage the responsibilities of adulthood. Who says we can’t entertain a little nonsense once in a while? Nonsense stimulates laughter, fun and our imagination. Our imagination allows us to explore new ideas, investigate different viewpoints, and make fresh, innovative discoveries. Why not think the impossible and entertain nonsensical ideas? Engaging in nonsense creates serendipity and kismet. Dr. Seuss aka Theodor Seuss Geisel was an advocate of nonsense; and, today, March 2nd, marks the 112th anniversary of his birth (1904).
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!
Below is an excerpt from http://www.seussville.com/#/author
American Poet Laureate of Nonsense
No matter what readers learn from Seuss’s books, they will most likely learn it in rhyme. Of the forty-four books written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss, only four are in prose…
…Along with Robert Frost and Billy Collins, Dr. Seuss is one of America’s most popular poets. One reason that he rarely receives the respect that they do is that Seuss writes for children…The other reason Seuss’s poetic talents receive less notice is that he usually writes in the meter of the limerick, a form that gets little respect… Seuss, however, is a powerful poet. He’s one of the few to change the language. Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussycat” introduced runcible spoon. Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” coined both galumphing (a combination of galloping and triumphant) and chortle (chuckle plus snort). The word nerd first appears in Seuss’s If I Ran the Zoo.
As his nonsense-poet predecessors did, Seuss invented a variety of animals and plants. Carroll gave us the Jabberwock, and Shel Silverstein, the Flying Festoon… Seuss’s prodigious imagination created… the Ruffle-Necked Sala-ma-goox, the Tizzle-Topped Grouse, the Shade-Roosting Quail, the Lass-a-lack, the Spritz, the Flannel-Wing Jay, the Twiddler Owl, the Kweet, the Stroodel, the Kwigger, the Long-Legger Kwong, the Grice, the Pelf, the Single-File Zummzian Zuks, the Mt. Strookoo Cuckoo, the three-eyelashed Tizzy, the Grickily Gractus, the Ziff, the Zuff, the Moth-Watching Sneth, the Dawf, the Bombastic Aghast, the Mop-Noodled Finch, the Beagle-Beaked-Bald-Headed-Grinch (apparently unrelated to the Christmas-stealing Grinch), Wogs (“the world’s sweetest frogs”), the Ham-ikka-Schnim-ikka-Schnam-ikka Schnopp, and a Jill-ikka-Jast. And that’s only one of Seuss’s bestiary books. He wrote nine more, each of which includes between a dozen to several dozen imaginary animals.
As a tribute to Dr. Seuss, I wrote this fun and nonsensical poem in 2012.
Nook of a Brook
by Dr. Angi
At the nook of a brook.
An eye stared my way.
Wet, I waddled.
Like a daffydaudle
Without a care today.
Free to be me,
Like a birdeebee,
My eyes stared right back
Well, what do you know!
It is my dear friend, Janey-joe!
Looking for fun-filled widdleywack.
Together we played,
Until the end of the day.
And found for whence we came,
Widdleywack, not talking back.
We enjoyed it all the same.
It should be noted that in 1991, a few weeks before his death, Dr. Seuss was asked if there were anything he might have left unsaid. Seuss replied, “Any message or slogan? Whenever things go a bit sour in a job I’m doing, I always tell myself, ‘You can do better than this.’ The best slogan I can think of to leave with the kids of the U.S.A. would be ‘We can . . . and we’ve got to . . . do better than this.’”
Let us dabble in nonsense and invite creativity into your life. We CAN and WE have got to DO BETTER than this. In closing, here are some words from our honoree…
“Think left and think right
and think low and think high
Oh, the THINKS you can think up if only you try!”
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