If You Were Me [poem by L. E. Homfray, 9 March 1934]

[Editor: This poem for children, by L. E. Homfray, was published in The Beaudesert Times, 9 March 1934.]

If You Were Me.

If you were me, and I were you,
How funny that would be;
Because I should be very old,
And you’d be only three!

If I were you, and you were me,
Whatever would you say,
When people washed your face and hands,
Just twenty times a day?

If you were me, and I were you,
How sorry you would be;
Because I’d send you off to bed
At eight o’clock, you see.

If I were you, and you were me,
I’ll tell you what I’d do;
I’d give you castor oil to drink,
And horrid powders, too!

If you were me, and I were you,
With all my toys you’d play;
You’d never call them rubbish then,
Or pack them right away.

If I were you, and you were me,
I think that I would try,
To be so very kind to you,
You’d never want to cry.

If you were me, and I were you,
Well, then you’d really see,
Just how it feels to be a child,
A little girl of three!

— L. E. HOMFRAY.



Source:
The Beaudesert Times (Beaudesert, Qld.), 9 March 1934, p. 5

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