Someday with Seuss
I had the privileged recently to illustrate a poem my friend Joe Hearn wrote for his website IntentionalRetirement.com.
Here is what Joe had to say on Market Watch:
I have always looked up to Theodor Geisel, better known to millions as Dr. Seuss. As a writer myself, one of his qualities I admired most was his ability to take complex ideas (e.g. learning to read, racial equality, materialism) and make them engaging and easy to understand for readers (e.g. “The Cat in the Hat,” “The Sneetches,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”).
Having read a biography on Seuss, I knew that his birthday was just around the corner (March 2), which got me thinking: If Seuss were still with us, how might he have used his considerable talents to explain a complicated and sometimes boring topic like retirement planning?
Of course we’ll never know, but I thought I’d use his rhyming and poetic meter as inspiration and take a stab at it myself. The result is the poem below called ‘Someday’ is Here!
It was fun getting to thumb through a myriad of Seuss books to try to mimic that Suess style in some way. It was also fun to resurrect my decades old fountain pen to keep it in the potential medium that Seuss used. To see the poem and illustrations, check out Joe’s Someday is Here page on his website.