Your partner and you may now be able to answer the question.
The speaker in this poem is a school-going child. Every day he happens to meet the hawker selling bangles, the gardener digging away at the garden, and the watchman walking the street all night.
The little child is innocent. He watches the people keenly around him. He is sick of checks on his movement. He wants to enjoy the same freedom as do the hawker, the gardener, and the watchman. They do what they like.
The child says:
- I wish I were a hawker, spending my day in the road.
- I wish I were a gardener, digging away at the garden.
- I wish I were a watchman walking the street all night.