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Reflective/Discussion Poems

By Josie Whitehead

Children playing


By Josie Whitehead

Let Us Out - We're Children

Open the door and please let us out

To run, to play, to jump and to shout.

     Turn off our computers and TVs as well

     And do let us wish our bedrooms farewell!


Let us run in the fields and climb up the trees;

Play in the streams, fly kites in the breeze.

     Let’s climb up the hillsides and clamber on rocks –

     Yes, we’ll return dirty with holes in our socks.


Let’s be explorers and then off we will roam

To that magical world that’s far from our home.

     Let’s sleep in our tents; let’s build a warm fire.

     Just some fun in the open is all we desire.




'The streets are so busy; it’s not safe any more.'

 We’re told not to wander too far from our door.

      'Be careful of strangers!  Now don’t stray away!'

       Oh!  The world that we long for seems so far away.

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Follow-up Look at the list of safety precautions I've copied for you, but if you can think of any others, list these yourselves.  Go over them all well and make sure you follow them.  The world of today is a very different place to when I grew up in a country village in the 1940s.  It was so safe then.

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