If You Could Be Anybody in the World

by Lee Baldwin

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    If you could be anybody in the world,

    Would you be a pet

    shop owner with

    cages full of

    raccoons and skunks,

    puppies and monkeys,

    kittens and birds,

    and tanks of

    colored fish?

    Or would you be a doctor who sews up cuts

    and taps knees

    and measures people

    and listens to hearts?

    Or would you be

    a fireman who

    has a big shiny truck

    and a black and

    white dog

    and talks at schools

    and puts out fires?

    If you could be anybody in the world,

    Would you be a gardener who plants

    flowers,

    digs up weeds,

    cuts grass,

    and trims bushes?

    Or would you be

    an astronaut who

    rides in a rocket

    to the moon

    or to Venus

    or even to Mars?

    If you could be anybody in the world,

    Would you be a

    policeman who rides

    in a fast car

    with a siren and helps

    people cross the street

    and catches bad men?

    Or would you be a

    teacher who writes on

    the blackboard,

    helps boys and girls

    to read, and knows

    about the world?

    If you could be anybody in the world,

    Would you be a pilot who flies a silvery plane

    over cities

    and forests

    and farms

    and mountains?

    If you could be anybody in the world,

    Would you be a

    builder who builds

    houses

    and schools

    and parks

    and stores?

    Or would you be a weatherman

    who tells people whether

    it will rain

    or snow

    or be sunny and warm?

    If you could be anybody in the world,

    Would you still be my friend?

    Illustrated by Dorothy Wagstaff