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Thursday, February 03, 2011
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The moral of this story might be to NOT trust the judgement of a 10-year-old.


When I was seven years old,
my mom brought home a little baby.
She told me her name was to be Anita
and she’d be a little lady.
At first I thought,
this is going to be really great.
Then the dirty diapers appeared
every time right after she ate.
She was as cute as a baby kitten
with big blue eyes and jet black hair.
She seemed often to be sick
which was so very unfair.
After lots hospital stays
and more trips to the doctor,
it seemed she was allergic
and we needed to protect her.
We had to watch what she ate,
and be careful what she wore.
To my seven year old eyes,
she seemed to be quite a chore.
Finally I was ten
and Anita had just turned three,
Mom & Dad were in the garden working
so she was stuck with me.
She said she was hungry,
but what could she eat?.
I opened the refrigerator
and we both took a little peek.
A piece of chunk bologna
sat forgotten in the back.
It was all green and spoiled,
no one could  argue the fact.
But that was what she wanted
as I tried to tell her, not today.
But she was a stubborn little girl,
used to getting her own way.
She cried and sobbed
until I finally gave in.
I thought her quite silly
as she took the bologna and grinned.
I thought she was a brat
and would get what she deserved.
I watched her eat the green bologna
that I had just served.
When my parents came in,
it seemed the joke was on me.
They thought I’d poisoned my sister
and were as angry as could be.
I hung my head in shame
as my dad gave me a speech.
My mother grabbed the phone
and the doctor she quickly reached.
Feed her soapy water
was what the doctor said.
That made her throw up
and her face turned bright red.
I didn’t mean to hurt her,
she ALWAYS got what she wanted.
I thought I was doing the same
but Dad’s speech left me daunted.
From that day on
I became a better big sister.
Now I’m in my 60s,
she’s gone and I sure do miss her.


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Reviewed by Janna Hill 8/18/2011
What a cute little ditty and how nice to remember your sister with such humor.
Reviewed by Steve Groll 3/5/2011
I am not a big poetry fan, but I liked that.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 2/9/2011
I actually ate green bologna once. But I was in my twenties and should have known better. I didn't need the soap to achieve the same result. Duh. Patrick
Reviewed by Richard King 2/9/2011
Nicely written, sweet lady. I happen to know that she was your only sibling and, even after all these years, how much you still miss her. Being skilled enough to put those thoughts on paper would seem to help. So too, does the fact that you have two loving kids who maintain contact on a daily basis. (your daughter for seemingly hours every day.) You've a lot to be thankful for. (and so do I) Thanks for sharing your life with me. Dick
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 2/8/2011
That was so funny...yet so sorrowful at the end. I wasn't logged in, but had to tell you what I thought of this fantastic family tale. I still have tears in my eyes from the ending.

Reviewed by Barbara Terry 2/8/2011
It is so unfair to lose a sibling younger than you. I miss my sisters too but for a different reason. It seems Anita was your pride and joy sister, a pain, a sweetheart, someone to talk to, someone to play with. Take the good memories and run with them, and just laugh be happy because that is what she would want you to be. Thank you for sharing.

May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your den sister, Barbie
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 2/8/2011
Oh my chip said I was also only child..sure was missing something..wonderful writing sweet lady..Hugss
Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 2/4/2011
I was an only child....I know i missed something....

God bless,

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Chessly Nesci 2/4/2011
You gave your sister what she wanted and that happened to be moldy bologna. You didn't force it down her throat she ate it herself. This is a really cute poem Donna! Your sister will be with you forever in your heart. Take care, ~Chessly
Reviewed by pat medlin 2/4/2011
nice way of writing about something so many can relate to
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 2/4/2011
Oh sisters I remember my older one almost killing me!! Gave me a smile Donna. I know you must miss her.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 2/4/2011
It is funny how we look back at our sibling memories and smile at the funny things that we did or said as children. I came from a large family four brothers and sisters shared our home and two have already left our circle but in my heart they are always close.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/3/2011
Nice as well sad, memories of childhood, as long as you have those memories, you can never become old...
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 2/3/2011
That ending was so quickly the pages turn in our lives...and we have to ask where did it all go? Beautiful work.
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 2/3/2011
The tile caught my eye, but the journey was so real. Enjoyable yet sad reflections as well...just like life.


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