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Morris the Thesaurus Tortoise

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This was inspired by the birthday of Dr. Suess, which was March 2nd-

Ocie the Ocelot liked words a lot!
As a tot, words like dot and trot hit the spot
Then, getting older, the folder on her shoulder grew bolder
What was once handy stopped ringing so dandy
Craving vocabulary candy to bandy
She sought what she ought, to form lukewarm to hot

Mooshu, the emu guru, knew what to do
To bring notice and gain focus
Journey there, to the oracle's lair
The fortress of Morris the Thesaurus Tortoise

When she approached his door, saying, "I want more!"
His smile creased - he replied, "Your covet's increased!"

She confessed her distress at being a pest
But he said, "My dear, you're not stubborn - you're tenacious!
You're not merely aware - you're perspicacious!"

It's not only knowledge; it's proficiency, cognition, discernment
For ideas, impressions, concepts, brainstorming segments
Be bold, audacious, intrepid, resolute, gallant
Credit your capacity, flair, savvy, talent
Evade the cliche, the commonplace, the trite
Clamp on, lacerate, masticate, bite!

Hours freed, for her need to succeed
Then, at the end, one final creed to heed-
Don't fall a slave to the misbehaving knave
Sometimes, the simpler speech is the one to save.


Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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Date: 4/9/2019 4:15:00 PM
This was fun to read. Thanks for posting the title on your contest.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/9/2019 4:16:00 PM
Also congrats on your POTD.
Date: 3/31/2019 4:49:00 PM
Hello Michelle, It was enjoyable to ead this poem.A perfect poem for children to read. have a nice evening my friend.
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Date: 3/16/2019 5:41:00 PM
A wonderful tribute to Dr. Seuss's unique talent for relating to children in his witty writing style, Michelle. Thanks for the example. I've no children, but loved Seuss's "Lorax." Best wishes, Carolyn
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Date: 3/12/2019 5:54:00 PM
G'day Michelle … what a fun read. Crazy, mixed up, but with plenty of giggles - thank you Michelle - Lindsay
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Date: 3/10/2019 1:55:00 PM
Such a fun poem to read, I am very endeared to the Thesaurus tortoise. Congrats on your POTD title. Very well earned. Hugs, SuZ
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Date: 3/9/2019 12:22:00 PM
Congratulations on POTD, but don't give up! We all know you will do even better with your command of the language! Aloha! Rico
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Date: 3/8/2019 8:32:00 PM
Instant FAV (from a fellow logophile)! ;) Congrats on your well-deserved POTD!!
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Date: 3/8/2019 6:30:00 AM
How did I miss this yesterday? Oh, that's right. I was not on the site yesterday until 10:30 p.m. and then I was exhausted. This is indeed POTD! Love it! Great job, my friend. You have wowed Seuss himself most probably!
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Date: 3/7/2019 7:29:00 PM
Congratulations on having this poem honored for potd with thus super clever cute poem! : )
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Date: 3/7/2019 10:47:00 AM
Cute one. The tools of a poet's gift do come in handy when it comes to writing poems nothing like searching for just the right word using rhyme zone or the thesaurus. Sara
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Date: 3/7/2019 8:02:00 AM
Michelle, congratulations on POTD and your poem is great and clever and a wonderful example for your contest, I am not that familiar with Seuss style of writing as I have no kids to read Seuss to, lol, but I will give your contest a whirl anyways.
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Date: 3/6/2019 11:08:00 PM
Beyond POTD worthy...great clever effort well conceived, penned, rewarded. :o))
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Date: 3/6/2019 10:44:00 PM
"Craving vocabulary candy to bandy" Aren't we all aching to know more. :) This is cute, clever and so creative. Made me smile. Congratulations Michelle, on Poem of the Day. ~ Brandy
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Date: 3/6/2019 10:32:00 PM
As I read the first stanza, I just knew it. This absolutely had to be POTD, and I was going to burn down the World Trade Center if it hadn't been named POTD, and so now I won't have to do that and I can go back to reading the rest of the poem--whew! How about that for a rant of a comment! CONGRATS ON POTD! :) gw
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Date: 3/6/2019 7:34:00 PM
Zany awesomeness! Congratulations on POTD Michelle! :))) xomo
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Date: 3/6/2019 6:39:00 PM
woohooo my wish came true and your poem got the recognition it so well deserves, so lovely to see your poem honoured with POTD:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 3/6/2019 3:55:00 PM
Oh I can tell you had LOADS of fun writing this! Just the total joy of words! Very well done on POTD Michelle!
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Date: 3/6/2019 3:20:00 PM
Kudos, Michelle! Good for you! ~Mark
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Date: 3/6/2019 2:32:00 PM
Hi Michelle, Congratulations on being bestowed the honor of POTD for this wonderful story. Poetry hugs, Jennifer.
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Date: 3/6/2019 1:32:00 PM
Good poem that frames the experience of time, congratulations Michelle on your POTD.
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Date: 3/6/2019 12:09:00 PM
Great story, Michelle. Congratulations on POTD.
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Date: 3/6/2019 12:00:00 PM
- A lovely little story :) - Congratulations on yours p.o.t.d., Michelle :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 3/6/2019 10:22:00 AM
Congratulations on your POTD, Michelle!
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Date: 3/6/2019 10:02:00 AM
Absolutely delightful...and all the other synonyms in my thesaurus...Michelle. This is what "words" are all about. I love all your critters' names, too. Many congrats on POTD,
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Date: 3/6/2019 9:50:00 AM
Just simply, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!...Congrats!! on POTD!!...good on you & light...^WW^...{*J*}
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