Joyce Ann, The Consummate Contortionist

This is a lighthearted little piece I wrote for my wife...the white sheep of her family, who is the kindest bighearted treasure of five siblings.




When you were a kid with your brother and sister

I'll bet that for playtime you always played twister.


You'd never complain, always let them go first.

You'd be at your best, with them at their worst.

You'd bend over backwards and not mind the pain

While they stepped on your fingers again and again.


You'd let them lean on you so they could continue

While they just ignored what you had within you.

A heart so much bigger than they would admit.

You were used and abused and just treated like shit.


You'd twist like a pretzel, you'd turn and contort

With one leg to starboard and one leg to port.

You'd play every turn and never take passes.

They'd stab you in the back while you kissed their asses.


Now things haven't changed much, they still call on you

When there's some nasty chore they'd rather not do.

Oh it's some exciting you never get bored

Though husband and children sometimes are ignored.


So kiss ass and scramble and ramble and roam

The people who love you are waiting at home




© Copyright CPrice 2010  All rights reserved.

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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Thanks Saleheen.

Her appreciation takes peculiar forms.

God didn't so much bless her as challenge her when she hooked up with me.

But she couldn't choose her family and they are just a bundle of fun!

CP


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

They say your best friends are outside of your household and the REAL people are the ones at home waiting for you and love you. I know of to many families who treat siblings like that and impose and take so much without a care in the world. Family expects way to much from each other. I found out the hard way, working for my brother, after two years I had a big fight with him and told him where to shove his job. I like this poem, it had great rhyme as well as to the point. Good write Chris. rated up.


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Thanks Ken.

I wrote this as a gentle jab at my bighearted wife, but I thought it may strike a more universal chord.

It's one thing to be taken advantage of by strangers and quite another to suffer the leach-like draining effects of ungrateful family members.

CP


ralwus 6 years ago

She sounds awesome. lovely, yes.


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Yeah Charlie, I got the pick of the litter; and, to mix metaphors, the white sheep of her family.

You can imagine her tolerance, having put up with me for 25 years.

CP


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epigramman 6 years ago

...well you can certainly contort your words into something special .......


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

I've always favored stories that have a little twist.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

hehe. Stories with a little twist - that's good!

What is best about yours is that YOU are so present in them. Excellent.


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Perhaps it is my fondness for O'Henry, or just my outlook, which I refer to as "The View Askew", but I do so like the unexpected, the little twist.

Oh, that's me in there alright gazing through a prism at the colorful world beyond.


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Arthur Windermere 6 years ago

Wow, your in-laws sound like real bastards and all, but this talk of twisting and asses is kinda sexy. What we're missing is pictures.


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Arthur,

If I led you believe my in-laws are real bastards I apologize...they're much worse than that. I truly got the pick of the litter.

For pictures just visit a nearby Post Office...chances are you'll see photos of most of 'em there, one front, one side of each.

CP


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Chris, I have a friend that I work with and her family is the same way. No matter how much they use her and they don't do anything for her, she keeps on right on going back. It makes me feel bad when she needs help and they are no where around. I can see the hurt in her eyes.

I enjoyed reading your hub


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Yeah Granny,

Sometimes you just can't get the "good" outta the "two shoes". I tried to tell her, if you're going to be their doormat at least get a tattoo somewhere saying "This Side Up", or "Welcome", something!

It's hard to get through to a white sheep. Maybe it's wool in their ears.

CP


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

You're a funny Man, Man! Go Christopher!


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Thanks Micky,

I do the best I can with what I have to work with.

CP

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