For the Little Readers of the world, my nephews Tomas and Samuel in particular, who love all things silly and hearing a story from Pop. I hope this accomplishes both.
Find a little one to read to today, and wonder with them, “What oh what will you be?”
Little tree, little tree,
What, oh what, will you be?
Will you be a big red barn
On Old MacDonald’s stinky farm?
Will you be a tiny box
To hold all of my favorite rocks?
Will you be a treehouse
A tiny You and Me house?
Will you be a Christmas tree
To celebrate Nativity?
Might you be a fishing boat
So we can catch some while we float?
Will you be an ember
That warms us in December?
Will you become a violin
And sing beneath my chinny-chin?
Will you be a gym floor
Where I can dribble, shoot and score?
Will you be a great big chair
For Papa’s tired derrière?
Will you be a bedtime book
For reading in a cozy nook?
Or will you maybe just plain stay
And shade us on a sunny day?
Little tree, little tree
So many things that you may be.
kpeterson April 2013
Any illustrators out there that could help me with this poem? Oh, how I wish I could paint/draw/sketch/color. Just kidding, I can color. But that’s it.