At the far end of a San Diego backyard, where Dr. Seuss’s widow’s grass grows, and the wind smells of the ocean when it blows, and no visitors lurk excepting an art thief or two or a few, is the site of the lifted 300-pound Lorax statue.
And deep in the well-trod grass, property manager Carl Romero says,
If you look deep enough you can still see after several days,
Where the bronze Lorax sculpture by Seuss’s daugther Lark Grey Dimond-Cate once stood,
Just as long as it could,
Before somebody dragged the Lorax away.
That was Audrey Geisel’s Lorax,
And the only Seuss character there.
And why was it lifted and taken somewhere,
From the far end of her backyard where sea mists from the Pacific Ocean blow?
The beloved children’s author’s widow still lives here.
Ask her. Her daugther fears it may have been taken to be sold for scrap in Mexico.
You won’t see the Lorax statue here anymore,
Don’t knock at Geisel’s door.
Another stands in the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield, Massachusetts,
It stands there on its bronze stump because Dimond-Cate cast two sets,
And if the stolen one isn’t found or returned,
She’ll make another out of miff-muffered bronze.
And at some point between Saturday afternoon and Monday morning,
When Geisel rarely peeks
Out of the shutters
The bronze figure and its stump were hoisted over a fence by creeps,
And that’s how the Lorax was lifted away.
Geisel doesn’t want to punish you, thieves…
As Romero pointed out: “You can’t sell it on eBay.”
— Benjamin Sutton
(Pictured: “The Lorax” by Lark Grey Dimond-Cate; courtesy the artist and Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden)