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The story by Dr.Seuss...

topic posted Mon, December 3, 2007 - 7:03 AM by  Ablissa
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The Sneetches, by Dr. Seuss
Now, the Star-Bell Sneetches had bellies with stars.
The Plain-Belly Sneetches had none upon thars.
Those stars weren’t so big. They were really so small.
You might think such a thing wouldn’t matter at all.

But, because they had stars, all the Star-Belly Sneetches
Would brag, “We’re the best kind of Sneetch on the beaches.”
With their snoots in the air, they would sniff and they’d snort
“We’ll have nothing to do with the Plain-Belly sort!”
And, whenever they met some, when they were out walking,
They’d hike right on past them without even talking.

When the Star-Belly children went out to play ball,
Could a Plain Belly get in the game? Not at all.
You only could play if your bellies had stars
And the Plain-Belly children had none upon thars.

When the Star Belly Sneetches had frankfurter roasts
Or picnics or parties or marshmallow toasts,
They never invited the Plain-Belly Sneetches
They left them out cold, in the dark of the beaches.
They kept them away. Never let them come near.
And that’s how they treated them year after year.

Then ONE day, it seems while the Plain-Belly Sneetches
Were moping and doping alone on the beaches,
Just sitting there wishing their bellies had stars,
A stranger zipped up in the strangest of cars!

“My friends”, he announced in a voice clear and clean,
“My name is Sylvester McMonkey McBean.
And I’ve heard of Your troubles. I’ve heard you’re unhappy.
But I can fix that, I’m the Fix-It-Up Chappie.

I’ve come here to help you.
I have what you need.
And my prices are low. And I work with great speed.
And my work is one hundred per cent guaranteed!”

Then, quickly, Sylvester McMonkey McBean
Put together a very peculiar machine.
And he said, “You want stars like a Star-Belly Sneetch?
My friends, you can have them for three dollars each!”

“Just pay me your money and hop right aboard!”
So they clambered inside. Then the big machine roared.
And it klonked. And it bonked. And it jerked. And it berked.
And it bopped them about. But the thing really worked!
When the Plain-Belly Sneetches popped out, they had stars!
They actually did. They had stars upon thars!

Then they yelled at the ones who had stars at the start,
“We’re still the best Sneetches and they are the worst.
But now, how in the world will we know”, they all frowned,
“If which kind is what, or the other way round?”

Then up came McBean with a very sly wink.
And he said, “Things are not quite as bad as you think.
So you don’t know who’s who. That is perfectly true.
But come with me, friends. Do you know what I’ll do?
I’ll make you, again, the best Sneetches on the beaches.
And all it will cost you is ten dollars eaches.”

“Belly stars are no longer in style”, said McBean.
“What you need is a trip through my Star-Off Machine.
This wondrous contraption will take OFF your stars
so you won’t look like Sneetches that have them on thars.”
And that handy machine working very precisely
Removed all the stars from their tummies quite nicely.

Then, with snoots in the air, they paraded about.
And they opened their beaks and they let out a shout,
“We know who is who! Now there Isn’t a doubt.
The best kind of Sneetches are Sneetches without!”

Then, of course, those with stars got all frightfully mad.
To be wearing a star was frightfully bad.
Then, of course, old Sylvester McMonkey McBean
invited THEM into his Star-Off Machine.

Then, of course from THEN on, as you probably guess,
Things really got into a horrible mess.

All the rest of that day, on those wild screaming beaches,
The Fix-It-Up Chappie kept fixing up Sneetches.
Off again! On again! In again! Out again!
Through the machines they raced round and about again,

Changing their stars every minute or two. They kept paying money.
They kept running through until the Plain nor the Star-Bellies knew
Whether this one was that one or that one was this one. Or which one
Was what one or what one was who.

Then, when every last cent of their money was spent,
The Fix-It-Up Chappie packed up. And he went.
And he laughed as he drove In his car up the beach,
“They never will learn. No. You can’t Teach a Sneetch!”

But McBean was quite wrong. I’m quite happy to say.
That the Sneetches got really quite smart on that day.
The day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches.
And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches.
That day, all the Sneetches forgot about stars and whether
They had one, or not, upon thars.
posted by:
Ablissa
Missouri
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  • Re: The story by Dr.Seuss...

    Mon, December 3, 2007 - 7:19 AM
    And THAT, folks, should serve as a reminder of WHO WE ARE. We are no better than those who haven't contributed to Tribe yet. And that is WHY we WILL allow non starred individuals in this Tribe.

    Damn, it's good to be the king.
  • Re: The story by Dr.Seuss...

    Mon, December 3, 2007 - 8:36 AM
    I just know that so many people that love love love Tribe aren't able to donate right now. There are so many things that we *could* give our friends, and family...things that would collect dust or be lost in a closet somewhere. There are so many groups that we *could* give our money to, not knowing whose pocket it lined or what business luncheon it bought. Here's a chance though, an OPPORTUNITY, to gift our friends, our Tribe Mates, and a real SHOUT OUT to Tribe to say Yes. We care.

    You know I love you too, Rhino. There's not enough hearts like yours in the world.
    • Re: The story by Dr.Seuss...

      Mon, December 3, 2007 - 8:41 AM
      Maybe a running list of people that need em? Then people can reply that they are taken care of. I unfortunately, cannot right now, but should be able to next year. I love random acts of kindness and seems like an easy way to do one <3
  • Re: The story by Dr.Seuss...

    Mon, December 3, 2007 - 9:20 AM
    Hello! Neon in da house!

    I love this thread!

    I'm willing to sponsor someone, but I don't know who...so I'm gonna crouch down behind this bush over here and wait for some unsuspecting plain-belly sneech...
    • Re: The story by Dr.Seuss...

      Mon, December 3, 2007 - 9:30 AM
      **Rhino provides extra camoflage for Neon, and whispers his ambush advice**

      Good for you, Neon. Now, all ya gotta do is make sure that with your gifting, that they know that they're loved, and hit 'em when they least expect it! Surprising people is FUN!

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