Pull up some chairs, ladies and gents,
And I’ll tell you my thoughts on current events,
Or heroic tales of surviving earthquakes,
Reality doesn’t a good story make,
An actual thing can be a nice seed,
To grow a story people might read,
I do get ideas from what may happen in life,
But I steer clear of true war-torn strife,
I make it up! I create!
I spin tales! I conflate!
Why be tethered to what’s in the news?
Why feel constrained by what is so true?
By the time the book hits, it’s been a long time,
Since the disaster or scandal or newsworthy crime,
Most people don’t remember the when,
Or even what happened way, way, way back then,
So I don’t rip stories from the screaming headlines,
Instead, I rip things from my super-deranged mind!
(Dr. Suess’s birthday is next week, and I don’t post next week, so… my early birthday tribute)