Presumably many of my three or four readers will be familiar with Theodore Geisel, b.k.a. Dr. Seuss, and maybe also his well-known graduation present book, Oh, the Places You'll Go. We have a copy of this lying around and Zeke has taken a liking to it. He has been asking to have it read to him a lot. But yesterday he decided to "read" it to Talia. I didn't get it all down, but here's a reasonable chunk of it.
When you're on earth, it's not much fun.In the original, there are a lot of pages that begin, "Except when it's not," or "Except when you don't," or things like that. Just in case you're wondering. Also, Zeke has suddenly gotten interested in outer space and asks lots of questions about planets. Someone at preschool must have mentioned the fact that Pluto has been demoted to, what is it now, a planetoid or something, because he has been asking me why Pluto used to be a planet and isn't any more. He wants to know if it shrunk.
You're on the outside of the earth. You're done.
Oh, let's go, to the places you'll go.
It's in space. In outer space, you know.
You might catch, or you might score,
On the greatest one of all. One hundred. Or.
Except when it's not, there's a game you can't win.
At any rate, the first line really made an impression on me. And he definitely has the anapestic tetrameter pretty well down.