If You Could Be Anybody in the World

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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?

    [illustrations] Illustrated by Dorothy Wagstaff