Here’s a poem that I wrote when my kids were young. With my limited drawing capabilities, I turned it into a picture book and, although my mother-in-law loved it, and my youngest son claimed it as his favorite story, I couldn’t get a publisher to accept it for publication (although I tried several times and still have the rejection letters to prove it).
It’s hard to get a picture book published—especially when the word count is less than 200.
Several years ago, I participated in a local Poetry Jam and read this poem to about 50 people, minus the pictures, but with all of the facial expressions and hand movements that many of you know that I have. I also read several other poems and came in second place.
One teenaged girl made it a point to come up to me after the event just to tell me how much she enjoyed this particular poem. It made my night!
I CAN BE
I can be almost anything
that I make up my mind to be.
I can be a famous magician
performing tricks that your eyes can not see.
I can be a baseball player
and try out for a major league team.
Or even a racecar driver
going fast down the track. Well, it seems . . .
that I can be almost anything
I make up my mind to be.
I can be a karate expert
impressing my fans like Bruce Lee.
I can be a great rock climber
scaling mountains high up in the sky.
Or maybe an airplane pilot.
“Put your seatbelt on tight and let’s fly.”
Oh, I can be almost anything.
It’s very amazing and true.
I can be a detective
searching around for a clue.
I can be an artist
with my very own masterpiece.
Or maybe even a farmer
with cows, ducks, pigs, hens and geese.
Yes, I can be almost anything.
It’s so endless, and yet,
can’t you see?
That although I can be almost ANYTHING,
the one thing I MUST be is . . .