January 20, 2013

Oh, Brother!

 The second I saw the prompt it put me in mind of the old pictures my dad showed me of him and my aunt as kids.  It sort of went from there!

Do I have to go with him
I know my way to there?
No dilly and no dallying,
I promise to take care!

Do I have to take his sweaty hand  
while crossing Baxter Street?
'Cause he pulls me hard and quickly,
nearly swipes me off my feet!

Do I have to sit beside him,
in that squishy-squashy pew?
And give the vicar your regards,
while you fight off the flu!

Do I have to help him afterwards
and traipse around the shops?
Bringing home the Sunday dinner
and your dry cough knockout drops!

Do I have to do my homework
and let him correct the sums?
For he'll just give me a lecture,
as my teacher he becomes!

Do I have to watch intently
as he rages up the fire?
Showing how to safely poke
to make the flames go higher!
Do I have to go off to my bed
as early as it is?
While he's allowed an extra hour
till he jumps into his!

Do I have to kiss his cheek goodnight
and hug him hard as well?
While mummy's ill and dad's away
he's my hero - just don't tell!



Scumbag Sam said...

I really liked this!!! x

Janie said...

Love it!

Karen S. said...

Spoken by a true dear hearted little child! Bravo!

Berowne said...

Intriguing and enjoyable...

SueAnn Lommler said...

What a wonderful big brother!
Aptly conveyed!
That is truly how a little sister would feel! Ha

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Beautiful and amazing work as always Helena!

Lolamouse said...

That's so cute! I always wanted an older brother when I was a kid. Got a younger one instead!

Sienna said...

he's my hero, just don't tell....perfect ending

Sue said...

This comes across as very "real."

It works!


Tess Kincaid said...

I always wanted a brother...

Helen said...

Pure and utter delight!!!!!!

Ginny Brannan said...

The rivalry, the closeness--utterly perfect capture!

Md Rajon said...


Michael said...

wow so awesome. cute in a way but sophisticated with a poets hidden ability. insightful and wonderful

Little Nell said...

This is one of your best I think. The rhythm just leads us on to what we've already guessed. I've got a big brother and this could have been me!

Kathe W. said...

this is a great poem about big brothers! I am sure you must have one about bossy big sisters? I am sure my brothers do!

Other Mary said...

Awww - that's just perfect. :o)

Stafford Ray said...

Wonderful! Now I know why eldest kids like me are so damned responsible! It's expected!