Rathers

Rathers poem for kids header illustration
A poem about imagining to be someone (or something!) else.
Rathers

 
 

I know very well what I’d rather be
If I didn’t always have to be me!
I’d rather be an owl,
A downy feathered owl,
A wink-ity, blink-ity, yellow-eyed owl
In a hole in a hollow tree.
I’d take my dinner in chipmunk town,
And wouldn’t I gobble the field mice down,
If I were a wink-ity, blink-ity owl,
And didn’t always have to be me!

Illustration of owl for kids poem Rathers

I know very well what I’d like to do
If I didn’t have to do what I do!
I’d go and be a woodpecker,
A rap-ity, tap-ity, red-headed woodpecker
In the top of a tall old tree.
And I’d never take a look
At a lesson or a book,
And I’d scold like a pirate on the sea,
If I only had to do what I like to do,
And didn’t always have to be me!

Illustration of woodpecker for kids poem Rathers

Or else I’d be an antelope,
A pronghorned antelope,
With lots of other antelope
Skimming like a cloud on a wire-grass plian.
A bounding, bouncing antelope,
You’d never get me back to my desk again!

Illustration of antelope for kids poem Rathers

Or I might be a puma,
A singe-colored puma,
A slinking, sly-foot puma
As fierce as fierce could be!
And I’d wait by the waterholes where antelope drink
In the cool of the morning
And I do  
not  
think  
That ever any antelope could get away from me.

Illustration of puma for kids poem Rathers

But if I were a hunter,
A red Indian hunter –
I’d like to be a hunter, –
I’d have a bow made of juniper wood
From a lightning-blasted tree,
And I’d creep and I’d creep on that puma asleep
A flint tipped arrow,
An eagle feathered arrow,
For a puma kills calves and a puma kills sheep,
And he’d never eat any more antelope
If he once met up with me!

Illustration of red indian hunter for kids poem Rathers

 

POEMS FOR KIDS WRITTEN BY MARY HUNTER AUSTIN

 
Header illustration from Pixabay, with thanks 

LET’S CHAT ABOUT THE POEMS ~ IDEAS FOR TALKING WITH KIDS

 
Creativity 

1. If you could be an animal or a different person for a day, what or who would you like to be? How do you think it would feel? What would you do?

Self-Confidence

2. What are some really good things about being you?

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