Are you always far too occupied,
When walking down the street,
To see the smiles that come your way
And hear the words that greet?
Then, when you travel on a train,
Turn off that mobile phone.
You’re in a world with other folk
Not in one of your own.
Look outwards to our lovely world:
There’s beauty all around.
Perhaps you’ll never see these things
With eyes pinned to the ground.
You’re disconnected once again,
With earphones on your head.
Remove that pitter-patter beat
And communicate instead.
Appearances speak lots of words -
The way you look and act.
You’re judged by those observing you:
For certain, that’s a fact.
Yes, socializing is a skill
And builds a high esteem.
Your inner confidence will grow;
You’ll work well in a team.
Hear other people when they speak;
Don’t shut yourself away.
Show interest in the things they do
And also what they say.
Then when you meet these folk again
You’ll see a smiling face:
You’re someone they are pleased to know -
Part of the human race.
So release your spirit from its cage:
And show the world your glow.
Your assurance and your confidence
I’m pretty sure will grow.
Copyright on all my poems
Chosen by teachers and children and published by AMS Educational in 2010 along with almost 400 other poems.