Rolli’s latest children’s book, Kabungo, won the Joan Betty Stuchner Funniest Children’s Book Award. His latest adult book, The Sea-Wave, was longlisted for the Saboteur Award. Follow Rolli on Twitter @rolliwrites.


145 thoughts on “POEM FOR CHILDREN: Oughtabees

  1. Reblogged this on atticraft and commented:
    I wish we had this poem when I was growing up! It was difficult to be an individual in the early 2000’s when the trend was to completely blend in with the crowd. But maybe that’s every generation’s struggle.

  2. Being yourself is something that has become kind of a need of the recent times but its sad that it has to taken like a responsibility as it becomes very hard to adhere to this attitude. Its heart rending to find that being ourself is something we are not doing naturally, rather I must say, are not allowed to do naturally. Starting from common people’s hectic schedule to sensitive issues of discrimination all circle around being yourself and taking pride in it. I just request that each one to whom my words reach, promise ,not to me, but to yourself that you will be yourself and let others be themselves. I would be so happy…

      1. I hate my real name! But I do think using different names for different careers (as you suggest) is a good idea. Plus it’s fun to have secret identities 😉

  3. I love this poem. Powerful words for children. And I love the spelling of “oughtabees”.
    Will definitely send to my youngesters. 10, 17, and one who is 18 and has no clue who he oughtabee yet.
    Would like to reblog on my site, if you don’t mind.

  4. Oh I love this and I am dying to know how you wrote your children’s books and all of the. Any books or sites or activities to work on writing poems and expressive writing.

    1. Thanks for reading 🙂 As for my creative work – – – I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful or specific – – – I’ve always only written what popped into my head. That’s the only way to write, in my book.

  5. Oh Wow …. wonderful truth! You’ve given the young – and the not so young – a fun reminder to use without hurting feelings when the ‘oughtabees’ come a buzzing!!! : ) Sharing the message with love to all to learn to be Iammebees 🙂

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