If I Had …


If I had the ears
of an elephant,
I could hear one
bug talking to
another bug
under a rock
at the far end
of the garden.
If I had the
eyelids of an owl,
I could wink
without moving
the rest of my face.
If I had the hop
of a kangaroo,
I could be a
basketball star.
If I had the stripes of a zebra,
no one would know whether
I was black with white stripes
or white with black stripes—
and I would not tell.
If I had the neck of a giraffe,
I could see the cookies on the
highest shelf of the kitchen.
If I had
the mouth of
a hippopotamus,
I could eat three meals at
once. Then I wouldn’t
have to waste time eating
lunch and dinner.
If I had the arms of an octopus,
I could play the organ and the
flute and the drums—
all at the same time.
If I had the voice
of a lion, everyone
would hear me
when I said, “I’m hungry.”
If I had the face
of a raccoon, I wouldn’t
have to wear a mask
for Halloween.
If I had the
claws of a
cat, I could
climb
to the top
of a pole
with the
telephone
man.
But I have
the ears
and the eyes
and the voice
and the mouth
and the arms
and the neck
of a person.
And that’s just
right for me!

[illustrations] Illustrated by Jerry Harston