Think kindly of the minibeasts –
The worms, the slugs and bees;
The woodlice, earwigs, wasps or ants,
The centipedes and fleas.
If you were but a minibeast
And saw a human being,
Well, would you think, on seeing one,
Of staying there or fleeing?
I’m sure I’d dash away and hide,
Or quickly fly away.
The thought of human monsters
Might well fill me with dismay.
We’re human giants in their world -
A thousand times their size.
So how do they perceive us all
Through tiny insects’ eyes?
From trees and plants they spy on us,
Observing what we do.
When we show them our love and care
They’ll treat us kindly too.
They’ve learnt how to protect themselves
From things that cause them harm.
They’ll sting or bite when they’re disturbed
Or when they feel alarm.
They hope that we will love them though
And show them our respect.
They also have themselves, their homes
And children to protect.
So think kindly of the minibeasts –
The slugs, the worms and bees –
And remember that we share our world
With creatures such as these.
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I guess poets can choose their favourites, and this is one of my favourite poems. I really feel that we should respect these little creatures, although I doubt that I'll ever respect the mosquito. This was one of the 400 poems chosen for publication in 2010 by teachers and children here in West Yorkshire. I hope you like it too. Josie