Poetry in Motion


The Question

Karla Kuskin

People always say to me
"What do you think you'd like to be
When you grow up?"
And I say "Why,
I think I'd like to be the sky
Or be a plane or train or mouse
Or maybe a haunted house
Or something furry, rough and wild...
Or maybe I will stay a child."

"The Question" from Dog & Dragons, Trees & Dreams by Karla Kuskin. Originally appeared in In the Middle of the Trees. Copyright © 1958. Reprinted with the permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.