Poem - An Ode To My Pesky Little Sister Who Grew up To Be My Friend

On the day you were born

I was thoroughly disgusted,

All wrinkled and red-faced

You were not to be trusted.

"Your new baby sister"

Is what I was told.

"Take her back!"

"I don't want her!"

I screamed,

I cried,

When that failed to work

I crawled under my bed to hide.


Home from the hospital

People said, "Oh, she's so cute!"

You got lots of attenetion

You won every dispute

Your crib in my room

Where I used to play

"It's my room!"

"It's not her room!"

I exclaimed,

"It's not fair!"

"You're the big sister,"

Said Mom, "So now you have to share."


Though I tried many times

Mom and Dad seemed to not hear

To my repeated demands,

They turned a deaf ear

"You're a big sister now,

Someday you'll love her,

Wait and see,

She'll be your friend

They'd nod.

They'd agree.

I couldn't make them listen,

Somehow I had to make them see.


I didn't want a sister

What I wanted was a dog

But instead I got you

I would have settled for a frog!

I traded you for a doll,

Once for a pony.

"Take it back!"

"Right this minute!"

Mom yelled,

I pouted,

"And go get your sister,

Right this instant!" Dad shouted.


As time continued on

You grew into such a pest

You got into my things

You always made such a mess

Nothing was off limits

Not my clothes or shoes

"Give it back!"

"Don't touch that!"

I'd holler,

I'd demand,

"Stay out of my room!"

Was my continual command


You ate all the crayons

You painted over my homework

You got me detention

As an additional perk

You made me quite crazy

No one seemed to care

She's inhuman!

She is evil!

I'd complain

I'd lament

"It'll pass" they said,

While you continued to torment


As time kept marching on

Things between us grew better

You still had your moments

(You dried my angora sweater)

I noticed a difference

Something wasn't right

"Who are you?"

I asked myself

Bewildered

Confused,

At my state of confusion

They were particularly amused.


I don't know when it was

Or how it happened to be

But one day I realized

You weren't bothering me

You weren't as annoying

As you'd been before

You asked first

Before borrowing

Said "thank-you"

And "please"

You'd become somewhat respectful

Of my room and my things.


It was no longer a chore

To take you out with my friends

You had both a shoulder

And a sweater to lend.

We talked and you listened

You learned to sit still

"Yes, you're right,

She's My sister"

I explained,

I sighed,

"Yes, the same little sister,

From whom we all used to hide."


"From cradle to grave"

That Is what our parents said,

"You'll each have the other

After we both are dead.

You won't be all alone

Your sister will be there

To listen

And to count on

From start

To end

Because a sister is meant

To be the very best kind of friend.


Who knew way back then

That Mom and Dad had guessed right,

When they said there'd come a day

That we would no longer fight

That we'd become sisters

Like sisters should be,

Sharing clothes,

Sharing secrets

Laughter

And tears

Each other's best friend

Throughout a lifetime of years?


And speaking of secrets,

If it is alright with you

I'd like to keep this one

Between just we two.

There's no need to tell them

What they already know

Upsetting

The whole balance

I whisper

I confess,

I hate to admit,

I would have loved that frog a lot less.


-Kristen Burns-Darling ©May 2011 (all rights reserved)

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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

As someone who was once a pesky little sister and now has a lifetime friend, I pretty much giggled through this delightful poem about the woes of being the big sister. I voted it up across the board!


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dariashakti 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

I was an only child and always wanted a little sister. Finally I got my wish when I went away to school and boarded with a family who had an only daughter younger than me who always longed for a big sister. It was a dream come true for both of us and we are still the best of friends today! Nice poem...


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Happyboomernurse - This came from a combination of my experiences with my little sister, ( I truly did trade her for a pony once!) and listening to my 15 year old daughter,who always wished for a sister of her own) complain about her sister, (my four year old daughter). I am really glad that you enjoyed it, I enjoyed writing it! I don't know how my sister feels about it yet! Thank so much for the generosity of your time, and your kind words, they are so much appreciated!


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@dariashakti - I am so glad that you finally got your sisters, no matter what form we may find them in, sisters are an invaluable asset when facing the world, and no girl should be without one! Thank you so much for the generosity of your comments and your time, they are always appreciated!


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

I was the pesky little sis. Poor big sis got in more trouble because of my antics and she had to put up with me having crushes on her boyfriends (when you're 15 and your 10 year old sis likes you boyfriend, this HAS to be annoying!) We are closer today than ever and she is still my hero. I really enjoyed your poem, brought a smile and some great memories!


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Poohgranma - There are only 2.5 years between my sister and I, and there are 12 years between Jordan and Jami...Mine drove me nuts, and Jordan swears that Jami is possessed....but just like my sister and I, they will work it all out eventually... I am really glad that you enjoyed it...your opinion means a lot! Thank you as always for the generosity of your time, your support and your comments! They are always appreciated! :-)


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b. Malin 5 years ago

What a Beautiful "Tribute" to Sisterhood, it went full cycle...I could see myself and my own sister in this one...I'm the younger sister, but sometimes felt like the "older" more responsible one...We are has different as day and night...but in the end, we are sisters!


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@ b.Malin - I am really glad that you enjoyed this. There is a special bond between sisters that cannot be measured against any other standard in human relationships. Thank you as always for the generosity of your time and for kind words and your support! They are so very much appreciated!


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Beverly Stevens 5 years ago from College Station

I loved it!


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

I also love it. I have been reminded of my sister arriving when I was 91/2. I had felt like an only child because my brother and older sister were 9 & 7 years older than me. Then born at home one early September morning in 1957, this red haired crying thing came in my life and totally upset it until she was about 18 years-old.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Totally enjoyed this and could relate, I am the older girl of four!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

I am the oldest of 4, I was resentful of the brother who came 13 months later but I was so thrilled to finally have a sister after 8 years, not to say that she wasn't a pain sometimes but I just wanted a sister! Great Hub!!


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

So glad you finally got to enjoy your sister. Great poem.


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denise.w.anderson 5 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

Great poem! I remember drawing a line down the middle of the room I shared with my younger sister. I had both the door and the closet! I was cruel! Now we are the best of friends!


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

I am the oldest of three girls and just loved this piece. Thank YOU!


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@ Sharyn's Slant - You are so very welcome....I am the oldest daughter, middle child, as is my oldest daughter....I spent the better part of my younger sister's early years trying to send her back to where she came from, or to at least get her out of my room.....eventually it all worked out.. My fifteen year old and my four year old are now in the midst of the worst of the struggle... The fifteen year old tells me daily that her sister is possessed and is the one who recently got detention because her sister painted over her homework...so this was a combined effort! (I really did trade my sister for a pony when she was 4) I am glad that you enjoyed this, and appreciate as always, the generosity of your time in reading, and your kind words of support!


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@denise.w.anderson - My sister and I actually did something very simple after having a fight over cleaning our room....I had the door, and the dresser, she had the closet and the window....my parents came home to find my 5 or 6 year old sister climbing out the window because I wouldn't let her use the door on my side of the room.....guess who got into trouble? I am really glad that you enjoyed it, and as always I am grateful for the generosity of your time and the kindness of your comments!


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@chspublish - It was a long uphill battle, but we finally made it. Thank you as always for the generosity of your time, your kindness, and your support!


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Chatkath - I am the oldest daughter, but the middle child. When my parents told me I was going to have a baby brother or a sister, I never actually heard the word sister....Eventually it all worked out, and I have faith that it will work out equally well for my own two even with the 11 year age difference..I am glad that you also got the sister that you wanted...Sisters are a very special thing and the bond between them defies description. Thank you as always for the generosity of your time, your kind words, and your support, they are always welcome!


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Fossillady - I am the oldest daughter, but the middle child, my sister exasperated me at times, but I wouldn't really trade her for anything, (I did actually trade her for a pony once, but it was very short lived!) I am glad that you enjoyed this piece, and I am as always, grateful for the generosity of your time, your kindness and your support!


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@writer20 - My sister and I fought off and on throughout our childhood and in to our adolescence, even now we sometimes don't agree, but I have to admit, I wouldn't trade her for any other sister in the world, I am glad that you enjoyed this piece, and do so appreciate the generosity of your time spent in reading, your kindness, and your support!


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Beverly Stevens - I am really glad that you enjoyed it! Thank you as always for the generosity of your time in reading this, for your kindness, and for your support, they are always appreciated!


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

We are raising two girls, now they are ages 20 and 15. Last year they roomed together - that was like hell. But it's great to see their relationship grow as they do. Thank you for this poem. :)


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Tom Rubenoff - You are very welcome! 2 1/2 years separate my sister and I...we fought like crazy...but loved each other too, every now and then we still have a disagreement, but in the end, just as my parents once said, we are sisters through and through. Eleven years separate my two daughters....The fifteen year old now reminds me on a regular basis that her sister is possessed, the four year old blames EVERYTHING on her sister....but I saw a glimmer of hope yesterday when someone else's child pushed the four year old down at the playground, my fifteen year old about came unglued... I think that they will be just fine...eventually. Girls are complex and the relationship between sisters defies all reason, sanity, and description, but I have to say, it is one of the greatest feelings in the world. Keep enjoying your girls...:-)


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neakin 5 years ago

OMG! I have laughed. I have giggled. I can't help but cry. I love my sis! I have two girls that are just like the two of us once were and they have an older brother to TERRORIZE them both! LOL This was an AWESOME Hub! Thanks!


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@neakin - I apologize for the delay in this response to your comment, my father has been seriously ill and caring for him has kept me from both my computer and hp. The bond between sisters is an awesome and sometimes frightful thing, and it will stand up against any and all attacks. The bond between sisters is its own unique enigma, and defies explanation, but I am happy to have mine, and glad that you have yours, I believe every girl should have at least one sister, (even if that sister is one that is found through friendship, and not blood, because I have been lucky enough to be blessed with both a "real" sister, and a "found" of "chosen" sister) and feel a strange sadness for those who don't. I also have two daughters and a son, and am happy to report that even when they are terrorizing one another, they are (and I believe always will be) each other's number one source of support. I am glad that you enjoyed this, and thank you for the generosity of your time, and your comments, they are both always welcome and appreciated! As my father's health improves, and things in my life return to normal, I look forward to returning to hp and catching up on all the wonderful hubs I know I am missing out on.

Thanks Again,

Kristen

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