USING POEMS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION IN CLASS
This was a top poem for discussion during this year and last year and it was one of 400 poems chosen by teachers and children for publication in 2010.
IF CHILDREN RULED THE WORLD
By Josie Whitehead
If children ruled the world, I think
Each day could be such fun.
Hard work would be just thrown away
And we’d play out in the sun.
Playgrounds would be packed with kids -
The swimming pools as well -
And we’d wish the things we didn’t like
A very fond farewell.
If children ruled this world of ours,
The rush for school would go
And parents would not be allowed
To use the word of 'no'.
The clocks would stop forever
For there’d be no 'time for bed.'
Then you could play for evermore -
Oh, much more fun instead.
If children governed what we did,
There’d be Christmas every day:
Christmas presents, lots of food
And so much time to play.
Then all day long we’d watch TV
And choose the things we’d eat
And nobody could ever say:
'You can’t have any sweets.'
Now, children, have you really thought
How all this could be done?
Who’d make the sweeties that you’d eat,
If we all were having fun?
Who’d make your play equipment
And who’d build the swimming pools?
And what would all your teachers do
If they couldn’t go to school?
Then who would grow the food you eat
And who would make your clothes?
They’d not appear by magic - well
If that’s what you suppose.
You couldn’t watch the tele
If the programmes were not there
And a life that isn’t purposeful
Is one full of despair.
Perhaps you’d like your special isle
That you could rule instead.
You’d have to search for food to eat
And then hunt for a bed.
With no mother, father, grandparents
And teachers to say: 'No'
I think you’d think of all you’d lost
And prefer the world you know.
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