Mark Hope

Rookie (09.03.1968 / Sunderland)


I was five when mam left us
But before she passed away
She gave me a ten pound note
For a coat on a rainy day
But there was no coat which could last
The rainy days I had to bear
So I lent my money to my brother
Who looked after me with care
My brother spent the money
Everywhere we went
On things I didn’t care about
Like camping in a tent
On bandages and soap
And fishing in the river
And chips when we were hungry
To warm a bellies shiver
He seemed to spend lots of money
I wanted my money back
I decided ten years later
For I never bought that mac
Brother where’s my money now
I loaned you long ago
For years you’ve spent it carelessly
But I still love you though
He was sad as he looked at me
Then he began to say
I promised mam not to leave you
Until your rainy day
Its time to buy that coat now
I’m leaving you today
You’ve grown to be a fine young man
But I must sail away
Your note has never left me
Its folded in my pocket
It sits so very tightly
In our mams silver locket
Its your turn to keep it now
Your note has kept us near
Goodbye my little brother
Let me wipe away your tear.

Submitted: Thursday, April 08, 2010

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Comments about this poem (TEN POUND NOTE by Mark Hope )

  • Veteran Poet - 1,379 Points Elena Sandu (4/23/2010 2:27:00 AM)

    My tears, would you please just stop? ! ! ..greatly appreciate, so well written! Can move the mountains, can even make the stones to gladly jump in rivers of cries! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Raymond Wright (4/9/2010 6:26:00 PM)

    Wow, that's enough to make me cry - Full of emotion and well written. Thanks for sharing.
    ~Ray (Report) Reply

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