By Josie Whitehead
I'M HAPPY I'M HUMAN
By Josie Whitehead
I’m using my eyes to see all around
And I’m so glad that I’ve got my sight.
Look at our world, at the colours we see -
So pleasant and so very bright.
I’m using my ears to hear many things
From the song of a bird to a sneeze -
And listen - I hear the sound of a plane
And the soft gentle buzzing of bees.
I’m using my feet to walk down the road,
And to run with my friends and to play -
But these little feet get to feel very tired,
When I have been playing all day.
I'm using my fingers to touch and to feel
And the nerves tell my brain such a lot:
I easily recognize things which are cold,
And are wary of those which are hot.
I'm using my tongue to recognize tastes
And distinguish the sour from the sweet.
I know what is yummy and that which is not
And can then choose the best things to eat.
I’m using my hands to clap to a beat
And to do many other things too -
For without any hands my life would be strange
And I can’t think whatever I’d do.
I’m using my mouth to say many things
And I’m sure that you all like to speak,
And a world without speaking? Oh goodness me no -
For you children, that world would be bleak!!
I'm happy I'm human and can do many things,
And I know that you children are too.
With the human attributes that each of us has,
There are so many things we can do.
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Questions for discussion: You could have been born a fish, a bird, an animal or perhaps a flower. Why are YOU glad you're human instead of each of these things? Do you have pets? How do they communicate their wishes to you? I am assuming they can't speak and tell you what they want or how they feel? How do you read their moods or their requirements? What do they do?
This poem is written in anapaestic metre, ie an a PEST, an a PEST etc. I'm HAP PY
I'm HU MAN - ie did dy DUM did dy DUM 4 times and 3 times on next line.