John Carter Brown

A Parent's Lament - Poem by John Carter Brown

'How many times have I told you,
Behave, and just do as you're told?
Stop messing about in that bedroom,
Come on now your tea will be cold.'

'If you will act the fool at the table
I'll take your meal off you you know;
And make sure your shoes are not dirty
If right through the house you must go.'

'If you're off out to play now just listen:
Don't go where you're told not to go,
And make sure you're back when I've told you,
No later than quarter to four.'

'How many times have I asked you
To pick up your clothes off the floor?
I'm warning you now it's the last time,
For goodness sake PLEASE close that door.'

'If I have to come up there you're for it,
I mean it, I'll say it no more;
Turn down that noise from your radio,
It's too loud... Oh PLEASE keep it low.'

'Look I know that I'm always complaining,
I know that I'm sometimes a bore,
And though you are driving me bonkers,
I really do love you you know.'

Written Aug 1994

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Written in response to a bad day with the children.

Comments about A Parent's Lament by John Carter Brown

  • Joe Hughes (11/25/2015 11:04:00 AM)

    Good stuff John.
    Only one word of suggestion. I used to use 'and' liberally, both during and at the beginning of a sentence, but I found it detracted from my work so I reworked them endlessly without 'and' and then found them much tighter and more focused. I'm going through your list. Very good.
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  • (10/10/2013 1:09:00 PM)

    oh boy, you have taken the words right out of my mouth. Very entertaining. (Report) Reply

  • Nasarudheen Parameswaran (11/18/2012 10:24:00 AM)

    A parental anxiety is well presented thoug objectionable to the child. (Report) Reply

  • (9/19/2012 1:03:00 PM)

    Been down that road. You defined child rearing very well and turned out an amusing write= very enjoyable
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 16, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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