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Brian Patten’s ‘You can’t be that no you can’t be that’

Comprehension Questions on Motivational Essays - Brian Patten’s ‘You can’t be that no you can’t be that’

You can’t be that, No You can’t be that

 

 I told them:

When I grow up

I’m not going to be a scientist

Or someone who reads the news on TV.

No, a million birds will fly through me.

I’m going to be a tree.

They said:

You can’t be that, No, you can’t be that.

 

I told them:

When I grow up, I’m not going to be an airline pilot,

a dancer, a lawyer, or an MC.

No. huge whales will swim in me, I’m going to be an ocean.

They said:

 You can’t be that. No, you can’t be that.

 

I told them:

I’m not going to be a DJ,

a computer programmer, a musician, or beautician

No, streams will flow through me, I’ll be the home of eagles;

I’ll be full of nooks, crannies, valleys, and fountains.

I’m going to be a range of mountains,

They said:

You can’t be that. No, you can’t be that.

 

I asked them:

Just what do you think I am?

Just a child, they said.

And children always become at least one of the things we want them to be.

They do not understand me.

I’ll be a stable if I want, smelling of fresh hay.,

I’ll be a lost glade in which unicorns still play.

They do not realize I can fulfill any ambition.

They do not realize among them walks a magician.  

 

– Brian Patten

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