A Dr. Seuss Kind of Story About Love and Its Glory

Mar 02, 2014 | Updated May 01, 2014
David Vienna

Dad gave a light knock

and then came through the door

and sat next to his boys

playing games on the floor.

He watched them race cars

and build with their blocks,

which was how every night

the poor daddy took stock

of all that was good

and all that was pure

and all that their laughter

could certainly cure.

At moments like this,

his heart felt two things—

a worrisome weight

and the urge to just sing.

The world, as he knew,

might sometimes turn mean,

with scoundrels and rascals

and villains unseen.

But it also could be nifty,

quite lovely—it’s true

with saviors and jokers

and heroes there, too.

No instincts or planning

could ensure the world

do anything other

than orbit and twirl.

You can’t guarantee it

one way or the other.

Though, the dad smiled to know

his boys each had a brother.

And that’s when ol' Dad

shook the day from his back

and grabbed a blue car

from the box by the track.

He raced against theirs

and he quite nearly won.

They kept racing cars

’til he noticed the sun

was replaced in the sky

by a sliver of moon,

so he told both his boys

that bedtime was soon.

Then, he stopped them and said,

“Listen close, my young lads,

and I’ll tell you a thing

that makes me happy and sad.

One day, you’ll grow up

and move from the house.

Though I will miss you,

I won’t ever grouse.

For you’ll take the same joy

you give me each day

and give it to others

and in that small way

you’ll make the world better

than I ever could.”

Then, he tousled their hair

and slowly he stood.

But, before he walked out

to take off his tie

both boys stood up, too,

and looked in his eyes.

“Dad,” they said. “Wait.

We’ll share with all folks

the love that we have,”

the boys quietly spoke.

“And we’ll always have of love

to share with you, Pop,

'cause you’ve showed us how

love does not stop.

It knows nothing of limits,

goes on through the years,

keeps going and growing

'til it banishes fears.”

Dad hugged them and said,

“I love you more every second.”

The boys said, “Us, too.”

And it was true, the dad reckoned.

They hugged him right back

and squeezed him so tight

his eyes became leaky

and his tie not so tight.


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