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S t o r y   P o e m s

for Children

By Josie Whitehead


By Josie Whitehead

Searching for Happiness

 I’ll tell you the story of two silly young elves

Who searched for true happiness all for themselves.

     They packed up their bags and set off on the road

      And the first thing they met was a slimy brown toad.


'Are you happy with life, Mr Toad?' the elves said.

'Yes! I really can't grumble and I'm very well fed,

      For I sit in this garden, enjoying the sun

      And I catch lots of insects.  Now isn't that fun?'


'Well we wouldn’t be happy if our lives were like that.'

So they went a bit further and met a black cat.

     'Now tell us, old tomcat:  Is your life really nice?'

     'Oh yes I'm quite happy when catching some mice.'


'Well we don’t think that life would bring us much joy!'

So the elves went along till they met a young boy.

     'So what gives you happiness? What brings you pleasure?

      Do you have money and perhaps lots of treasure?'


'No,' he replied truthfully. 'Money doesn't bring joy,

But it's a hard thing to answer,' continued the boy.

    'But do things for others that gives them some pleasure -

     And it’s then you get happiness far beyond measure.'

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Discussion:  In your groups discuss your little list of what gives you most pleasure.  Does that include doing things for others?   I hope it does.  Josie 
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