Reflective/Discussion Poems

By Josie Whitehead

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W  O  R  K


By Josie Whitehead 


So many things you touched today
    Were made by human hand.
They came to us from far and wide,
     Were thought about and planned.

The chair on which you’re sitting now;
     The screen before your face -
They didn’t just appear in shops,
     Or drop down there from space.

People worked to make these things,
    They had to learn, like you.
They studied hard to understand
     The work which they now do.

The bakers, drivers, farmers, me –
     Shopkeepers, teachers, you.
We understand the concept 'work'
     And know what we must do.

The busy bees that fly around,
    And birds up in the trees -
They all must work to stay alive,
    So don’t forget them, please.

We owe our thanks for everything  -
     For things both large and small.
To whom do we, then, owe these thanks?
     To the workers.  Bless them all!

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Exercise:  Write down the name of five things that you've seen or perhaps touched or even read today and write down the name of the person's occupation - ie the person who has created or made it,  ie: (above) poem: - - - poet (yes, this poet).  I'll start you off:  SCHOOL:  What name do we give to people involved in the making of the school you are in right now, or to the making of your home?