Why is it that people always shake hands when they meet upon the street? Why isn’t shaking their noses or ears the proper way to greet?

Why do people shake and nod their heads for yes and no? Why not wiggle their belly buttons, or tickle their own toe?

Why do people raise their hands when they want to give an answer? Why not shout or spit or pout or spin ’round like a dancer?

Where did people learn these rituals? In Iceland or Hong Kong? Who was the first to try them out, and how did they catch on?

Well, it’s time for me to go, so it’s time to wave goodbye. My hand is wobbling in the air, but I’m still not quite sure why.

 

Copyright Arden Davidson, 2019

 

POEM FOR KIDS WRITTEN BY ARDEN DAVIDSON

Illustration created with elements from Pixabay.

LET’S CHAT ABOUT THE POEM ~ IDEAS FOR TALKING WITH KIDS

Independent Thinking, Conversation

1. Can you think of some things that everyone does, and you’re not quite sure why?

Creativity

1. Invent a reason why people do that thing!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO READ MORE POEMS FROM THE SAME AUTHOR?

Whats Weird About a Mirror by Arden Davidson Storyberries Publishing

What’s Weird About A Mirror: 101 Curious Poems

written by Arden Davidson and published by Storyberries.

It’s a long-awaited, hilarious collection of children’s poems by poet Arden Davidson, and includes topics ranging from a snoring grandma to a six-footed camel to reflections on the weirdness of mirrors.