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With Michael Rosen

                        I'm between the lines


and the train's coming.


Can't you see?


I'm between the lines


and the train's coming.


Give me a hand someone


give me a hand


the train's coming


give me a hand


I can't climb up.


The train's coming


and the platform's sliding in


toward me too


with the train still coming


coming down the tunnel the platform's sliding


sliding in towards me too.


I'm still down


Can't anyone see me?


down between the lines?








the train






the train


near now


nearer now


nearer and nearer now



Michael Rosen's book introduction provides an intriguing perspective on the challenges individuals face in life, emphasizing the author's personal journey of recovery and resilience. The passage highlights the transformative impact of trauma and grief on one's life, underscoring the potential for finding joy and inner strength even in the darkest moments. Michael's exploration of his own experiences serves as a poignant reflection on the human capacity for recovery and self-discovery in the face of adversity.


My initial exposure to Michael Rosen through his popular emojis in China and subsequent discovery of his background in illustration and children's illustration tutoring at Goldsmiths reinforces the author's multi-faceted talents and experiences. This awareness adds depth to the reader's appreciation of Michael Rosen's work.


The book delves into the author's personal reflections on suffering and the emotional response it elicits. I notes the profound impact of Michael's experiences, as well as the anticipation of future challenges. The mention of the author's health complications and their impact on his psyche offers a glimpse into the emotional complexity of living through hardships.


I reflected Chinese saying that highlights the vulnerability of the weakest point when facing misfortune. This saying resonates with me, drawing attention to the universal human experience of encountering difficult circumstances. The passage emphasizes the role of poverty in magnifying the effects of misfortune and showcases empathy and understanding of the challenges faced by the less fortunate.


I appreciate the book's influence on my perception of emotions and pain. While the text may not directly impact my work, it enriches my emotional awareness. I acknowledge that the book has broadened my understanding of pain and resilience, prompting me to contemplate my own experiences and emotions.


The book ends with my admiration for Michael Rosen's poem, which captures a sense of despair and vulnerability. The poem resonates with me, as it evokes the universal fear of being trapped or overwhelmed by life's challenges.

“I’m down


I'm down the Underground




Waiting for a train


There's the platform


There's the lines


There's the tunnel


There are the lines.


I'll wait down there


Down between the lines


Waiting for the train


Down between the lines


I'll climb down there


Down between the lines


and wait for the train


down there.




Look up the tunnel look


Yes it's coming, it's coming


they say,


And it is.


And I'm between the lines.


And I can see it


See it coming and I'm between the lines.


Can someone give me a


hand up?


Can't you see?


In summary, the book offers a personal reflection on Michael Rosen's book, highlighting its impact on the reader's emotional awareness, empathy, and self-analysis. It underscores the power of literature to evoke deep introspection and understanding of the human experience."



ROSEN, M. (2024) Getting better: Life lessons on going under, getting over it, and getting through it. S.l.: EBURY PRESS. 

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