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When I leave home to walk to school, Dad always says to me
“My son, just turn your cellphone off and see what you can see!”

But what’s the use of telling Dad each step of where I’ve been
When nothing that’s worth telling have I ever ever seen?

All the long way to school and the longer way back
I’ve looked and I’ve looked, and I’ve kept careful track.

But all that I noticed except my own feet
Was a dog and a trash can on Mulberry Street.

So today, heading homeward, I up and decided
(Though I knew that my Daddy would not be delighted) 

I reasoned it out: really, why should I bother
When there’s nothing but nothing to share with my father?

And besides, I’d be missing three new texts from Ned
Or ten photos of kittens on top of a bed.

Still, I knew that I had to have something for Pop
Something big, something thrilling that no one could top.

 “Just a minute!” I thought, “put my cellphone to use
And Google that guy … what’s his name? … Dr. Seuss!

I could do it right now, on my way home from school
But it must be convincing; my Dad is no fool.”

Omigosh!  On my phone! There it was! And so neat
A story set right here on Mulberry Street!

There were elfants, policemen, calliopes, bands
And people were yelling from up in the stands!

There were banners and flags and the Mayor appeared
Then an airplane flew by and the people all cheered!

So, I practiced and memorized all the way home 
And not even once took my eyes off my phone.

I swung round the corner and dashed through the gate
I ran up the steps and I felt simply great!

I now had a story that no one could beat
Thanks to Google and Seuss, right on Mulberry Street!

But, before I could open my mouth and begin
Dad hopped up from his chair with a ten-foot-wide grin:

“Oh my boy, I’ve been sitting here watching TV
When the local news started, and what did I see!?

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There were elfants, policemen, calliopes, bands
And people were yelling from up in the stands!

There were banners and flags and the Mayor appeared
Then an airplane flew by and the people all cheered!

But the best part of all, and what made it so neat
It all happened right here, down on Mulberry Street!”

Then he stopped and he quietly said, “Son, I’m sorry
I shouldn’t have told what is really your story.

There is more, I am sure, that you saw, so exciting
I’ll just sit in my chair.  You go on, start reciting.”

“Is he joking?” I wondered, and wanted to shout
Was I there on the street?  Was I maybe passed out?

But I knew from his eyes it was just as he said
 And I knew I’d been living inside of my head.

“I saw nothing,” I said, my heart turning to stone
“Not a thing but the glow of the screen on my phone.” 

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