If You Could Be Anybody in the World


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?

[illustrations] Illustrated by Dorothy Wagstaff