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By Josie Whitehead

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WHY ARE PARENTS DIFFICULT?

By Josie Whitehead

Why Are Parents Difficult_

When it’s winter, dark and cold, 
     And the clock hand points to eight,
Mummy’s voice comes through the door: 
     'You must get up, it's late!'

 

When it's summer, nice and light, 
     I’m keen to leave my bed.
'Go back to sleep.  It’s early yet,'
     Are words that I hear said.

So why are parents difficult? 
      I've thought of that before.
You want to sleep, they say it's late. 
     You want to rise, they snore!

On Christmas morn I want to rise, 
     My presents to explore
But if they hear me moving, 
     They'll be angry.  It's a bore!

Another day, when I am tired 
     And want to settle down,
It’s: 'Hurry, get your coat on now.  
     We're going into town.'

When I am fast then they are slow, 
     And then the other way.
It's: 'Please be quiet! Stop that noise!' 
     Or: 'Go on out and play.'

There are some days I really try 
     And go outside to play - BUT
'Come inside, say cheerio.
     See you another day.'

The meal they've cooked, I do not want 
     And really cannot eat - - - - BUT
'You won't get down before it's gone!  
     You’ll sit there on your seat.'

Another time I'm hungry, 
     Eat up and ask for more - - - -  BUT
'You cannot have more ice-cream.
      It will make your tummy sore!'

You just can't win with grown-ups, 
     No matter how you try,
But battle on and don't give up
     Or run away and cry.

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NOTE:  This was amongst my very first poems to have been written by myself and when I'd little experience of writing story poems with rhyme or rhythm, but you never know what is coming in life!!!  Surprise, surprise - - - Teachers and children in schools right across West Yorkshire chose this poem along with hundreds of others for publication in 2010 and it was published as one of almost 400 in 5 books by AMS Educational Publishers.  Children must have liked it and I hope you do too.  Josie