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When I Grow Up: A poem. Two brothers arguing about what the younger brother will be when he grows up.
Posted by Rabbit Stu, Nov 16, 2007. 3142 views. ID = 319

When I Grow Up

Posted by Rabbit Stu, Nov 16, 2007. 3142 views. ID = 319
This post was written in 8 minutes.
This one took quite a while to write - I wrote it elsewhere and pasted it in, so ignore the timer. The worst part was finding a kind of tumor that fit my rhythm. :D
This post has been awarded 25 stars by 6 readers.

"I'm going to be a millionaire," my little brother said,
"And give it all to charity, so the orphans can be fed."
I thought about his grand ideas and gave a quick reply:
"That will never never happen 'til the day that pigs can fly."

"Then I will be an astonaut, and journey to the moon.
I'll jump and skip and dance across those dusty lunar dunes."
"You'll never be an astronaut, you'll never take those flights,
In case you don't remember, you've got a phobia for heights."

"Then I will be a doctor, and I will save so many lives,
With stethescope, thermometer and sharpest surgeon's knives."
"You'll never be a surgeon, since you'll always be a klutz,
And you always get quite woozy on seeing blood and guts!"

"So I will join the circus and I'll be a clown, you see -
I'll prance around the circus tent while children laugh with glee."
"To be a clown," I said, "you need a sense of humor.
But you're about as funny as a desmoplastic tumor."

My brother sat in silence while I paused for him to speak
As I watched and waited there, one tear run down his cheek.
For a moment then I felt such shame - how dejected he appeared!
But then at last his face lit up and all his sadness disappeared.

"I guess I have no talent," he said, "no skills or aptitude
This fact could get me down, but instead I shall conclude:
Though I'm useless as an outbreak of the worst pandemic flu,
At least I know, if all else fails, I can always be like you."

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Nov 16, 2007
LOL! Great! :-)
BTW, you missed an "r" in the first "astronaut".
   ~Posted by Katie, Nov 16, 2007

Rabbit Stu
Nov 16, 2007
Thanks! Maybe I should leave it and see if that misspelling attracts as many searchers as "rhinonceros". :D
   ~Posted by Rabbit Stu, Nov 16, 2007

Josiah T.
Nov 16, 2007
Funny! :-D
   ~Posted by Josiah T., Nov 16, 2007

Nov 18, 2007
Haha, I like this a lot! It sounds like it could be one of those rhyming children's books, only it's so much funnier than those ;-)
   ~Posted by Laura, Nov 18, 2007

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