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.



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Chosen by teachers and children and published by AMS Educational in 2010 along with almost 400 other poems.

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