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Fun Poem About Mixed Feelings For An Older Brother

I was the middle of three sons in our family. I remember how different my relationship was with my older brother as compared to my younger one. Even though we are all now in our eighties, traces of that difference remain.

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A beautiful poem with childhood memories, both positive and negative. The experience of many younger brothers, I guess.

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Brother Trouble

Richard Thomas © more by Richard Thomas

Published by Family Friend Poems October 2018

Of all the burdens I must bear,
My brother's number one.
Our parents really messed up there.
They've raised an awful son.
He's lazy, stubborn, rough and mean
And thinks he's boss of me.
The biggest grouch you've ever seen
And greedy as can be.

His constant teasing makes me sore.
He does it just for spite.
He cheats and brags and, furthermore,
He tickles when we fight.
Unless he stops, I swear someday
I'll punch his ugly face.
And if they'd let me have my way,
I'd shoot him into space.

But other times he's not so bad.
He's taught me lots of games.
He gave me toys and books he had
And calls me funny names.
He helps me when my homework's hard
And finds me when I hide.
He built the treehouse in our yard
And lets me play inside.

He laughs at every joke I tell
And gives me good advice.
He knows when I'm not feeling well
And treats me extra nice.
So, all in all, I'd have to say
It's better in the end
To let the no-good nuisance stay.
My brother is my friend.

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ABOUT THE POET:

After discharge from the army, I became a high school business teacher and coached several sports in a small town in Southern Pennsylvania. Years later I switched to teaching in the middle school and discovered that almost all of the poems in the reading textbooks were free verse. As a boy, I'd been fascinated by the rhymes and rhythmic...

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  • Kumari Weerasooriya by Kumari Weerasooriya
  • 3 years ago

A beautiful poem with childhood memories, both positive and negative. The experience of many younger brothers, I guess.

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