In between crackers and boxes of juice
Pre-primary hosts people and things both real and obtuse
the rat and opossum, the mouse and the moose,
the black-and-white big-honking Canada Goose,
with fluffy soft feathers all over its thorax
that tickle like whiskers plucked from the Lorax;
or things meant for counting (Thing 1 and Thing 2)
and friendly old Horton with big ears and big heart
that loves children playing (and growing their smarts)
through lessons and wonderful, world-spinning books
that seem to spring up wherever you look.
So make-believe grows as tall as a spruce
when fed by great stories from the Good Doctor, Seuss.