. Jelly Guts Rule The book, we’ve been apprised, is most uncool— Young Marco and the farmer by the pool, Wits locked in friendly if serious duel, And Marco sends the farmer off to school. One Dr. Seuss, its author, we’ll allow, Here glorified in clever rhyme (and how!) Imaginative fantasy; but now The book will raise a most suspicious a brow. To clarify, for any unaware, This favorite of old depicts the pair (The farmer and our Marco) both as fair— White, in a word!—it’s just too much to bear. But Marco and the farmer aren’t alone. We see Mrs. Umbroso, too, is shown Likewise Caucasian! In fact, Seuss is prone To drawing people all so pale of tone. There are exceptions, though—and here the man As far strays from propriety as can An illustrator. We must roundly pan Much of his work. He’s richly earned a ban. The book in hand provides a good example. The Innuit people he sees fit to trample Through gross caricature. The proof is ample. His squat Tibetan’s but another sample. It’s sad that we must cancel Dr. Seuss, But for his racist work there’s no excuse— So many instances of rank abuse. Yes, there are traits to praise, but what’s the use? . . Julian D. Woodruff was a teacher, orchestral musician, and librarian. He served for several years as librarian at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA. He now resides in the area of Rochester, NY, where he writes poetry and fiction, much of it for children. His work has appeared in Frostfire Worlds and on the websites of Carmina, Parody Poetry, and Reedsy. His GPS poem placed tenth in the last riddle contest of The Society of Classical Poets.