Micro-Poem (No.14) Sibling Rivalry

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Sibling Rivalry

by John Hansen © 2014


Why do they get all the affection?

It's not like I'm the jealous type.

Being one of four aint easy,

Everyone vying for attention.


The two girls, Phoebe and Fanny

Are favorites, I know it.

Sleeping in the bedroom

With Mom and Dad.


I sneak in when I can,

If Humphrey's not around.

My brother is a bully,

He always wants to fight me.

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Life isn't easy

............being a cat..

Humphrey's away at the moment,

Or asleep somewhere.

I think I'll go and

..........pee on his cushion.

One of my all-time favourite songs.

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Four must be my lucky number. We have four cats, Basil, Humphrey, Fanny and Phoebie. We have four dogs, Coco, Jackson, Ginger and Amber, four hens (un-named), and four children, Daniel, Jody, Jared and Trent.

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David Carl 2 years ago from New York

One four all and all 4 one. Good to hear from you today. It's a snow day in New York. NO school. Work is closed to.More time for Hubs.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading David. One advantage of snow I guess, school and work closed so you can stay home. Pity we never get snow here...lol. Enjoy your day of hubbing.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

LOL, at first I was thinking ... yes, so true, being I am one of four siblings ... hahaha so cute and clever. One wonders what really goes on in their minds!

Up and more and sharing

Have a great day,

Faith Reaper


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Faith, glad this gave you a smile. You have a great day too.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Faith, glad this gave you a smile. You have a great day too.


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sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

ha ha jo ha ha


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad I gave you a laugh sujaya. Thanks.


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kidscrafts 2 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

You have 4 of 4 different kinds.... very interesting! It took me a while to realize that your were talking about your cats in your poem... probably because cats are like kids. I can see that with mine :-) My favorite number is 19 but I stopped at two children ;-)

Have a wonderful day!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Really Joelle, I'm sure you could have handled 19...kids or cats....lol. Thanks for your comment. These micro-poems are never what they first appear. Have a good day too.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Cats always get the last word, don't they? LOL Great fun John!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Sure do Bill, they know who's boss. Thanks.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

I really do enjoy these micro-poems Jodah..up and sharing :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks again Frank, great to have your support.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Love it! You have captured feline jealousy perfectly!


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JayeWisdom 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

Four is definitely your number, Jodah! I smiled and chuckled through this one, thinking first of the sibling rivalry between my two sons when they were boys, then laughing out loud when I realized the narrator was a cat. Very good!

Voted Up++

Jaye


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

@ Flourish. Yes they all have distinct personalities but one thing they have in common is that they are all jealous, and have their special ways of showing it. Thanks.

@Jaye. Thanks for reading. There is a lot of similarities between how children act and cats...lol. Glad this poem had you chuckling, and cheers for the vote up too.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Great one. I was the youngest, our dog lived to 15 so I was even younger than the danged dog.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

This reminds me of my four siblings and I. I guess humans aren't much different than cats. LOL This was cute and fun and made me giggle.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha Eric, even having to respect the dog as your senior. Way to go. Thanks for reading.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Minnetonka, nope not much different at all. Cats and kids all have ways of getting what they want. Thanks for giggling at this.


Jane Arden 2 years ago

Woe. Busy busy household. Loved this poem especially the bit about peeing on the cushion. I am one of 5 so I know a little about sibling rivalry. Never had more than 2 dogs and 1 cat at a time though. Shared and voted John. Brilliant!!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Jane, yes it keeps us on our toes. The joys of living on 40 acres means we can have lots of animals..lol. Glad you enjoyed this poem, I appreciate your kind comment, vote up and share.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is so cute! I can relate. I am the last of twelve children. My mother had a cat named Kot, i loved him too, i really don't think he thought of himself as an animal, he was spoiled rotten. You are a happy man and blessed to have a loving family...Thank's for sharing..


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you always exploring for your great comment. The youngest of 12, wow, imagine bath time and dinner time in that household. What was the span between the ages, first to last? Yes, I think I'm lucky, most of the time anyway...lol.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Lol. ‘Tis true, ‘tis true…both with humans and our feline pals. This brought a smile…I still love your micro poems, and always look forward to them. Voted up and shared. :-)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you so much Genna. While there is an audience I will try to keep writing them. Appreciate your vote up and share.


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cam8510 2 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

John, you captured it perfectly. That is just what a cat would do. Loved it. Voted up.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Cam, if I now anything it should be about cat and dog psychology...lol. Glad you enjoyed, thanks for the vote up too.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

You gave me a chuckle. Cats are so sneaky!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi teaches, yes they know how to get their way, and if they don't to get back at you.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Definitely the cats always win! Siblings always have some rivalry, I suppose, but don't they just gang up if an outsider threatens any one of them?!!

Great poem; amusing and so true. Ann


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Ann, siblings may compete against each other, but they do stick together to support each other if an outsider threatens. Glad you enjoyed the read. Thanks.


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Eric Flynn 2 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

My friends cats (Amsterdam and Tokyo) are siblings and they are so passive aggressive, I guess you'd call it being "catty". (Rimshot)

EWF


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha Eric..."catty", fancy that. I love the names "Amsterdam and Tokyo". Thanks for reading and commenting.


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago from Arkansas

That is so funny, and it does have a surprise ending. Our newest cat, Cici, that we've had one year took to sleeping on our waterbed. When I broke my leg in January, Tas, the 12-year-old diabetic cat, started sleeping with me. Well, Cici watered the bed. Voted up and funny (and interesting because of the ending.)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad you enjoyed this one. Cats certainly keep us entertained, though having the waterbed watered wouldn't be funny. What happens when they try to get comfy by sticking their claws in and out of the bedcovers...wouldn't they pierce the waterbed bladder?


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago from Arkansas

We keep thick mattress covers and lots of blankets and pillows on it, and we try to keep the cats' claws clipped. My son wasn't so careful with his, though, and his cats did pierce the bladder.

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