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Adult Dark - No ADULT content AT ALL

It's the last afternoon and we run for the school bus,
me and my brother, Mick, finally free,
'cos it's summer vacation, no teachers, no homework,
all the time in the world, well, a clear month or three.

We sit down for dinner with thoughts of the outside,
the playground, the carnival, so much to do!
"Say Grace, eat your veggies, and then do the dishes,"
said mom. "Kiss your Grandma, and Aunt Mabel, too. (ugh!)

I told Mick, "You be Tonto, I'll be the Lone Ranger,
it's MY mask, (you be Super Hero tomorrow,")
"OK, but I'm not gonna polish your pistols,
and I must make pee pee before we can go!"

"Come on! The light's fading, bad guys are escaping!
the world won't be safe from the wages of sin," 
so down to the pasture and up to the old barn
we galloped, 'til mom's voice commanded, "Come in!"

"Aww, mom, it ain't FAIR! What this is is 'ADULT dark,'
us kids can see, it's you old folks might fall."
Said mom, "then, there'll be no hot cocoa and cookies,"
"Oh, MOM! of a sudden, we can't SEE at all!!!

Copyright © Keith Bickerstaffe

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  1. Date: 7/3/2012 6:52:00 AM
    I enjoyed this, Keith!! Captivating title it has.

  1. Date: 7/2/2012 12:07:00 AM
    I enjoyed this alot took me back to childhood instantly, what a great read thank you keith :-)

  1. Date: 6/30/2012 6:37:00 PM
    "ADULT dark" lol how dark was abult dark for your kids?

  1. Date: 6/30/2012 7:21:00 AM
    Dear Keith -- who doesn't remember that special time of day in summer when it's actually late and still "kid" light. sometimes at twilight I get that feeling yet. come out come out wherever you are. Great great poem love, Kathy

  1. Date: 6/30/2012 6:19:00 AM
    You must be in your second childhood Keith but there's nothing wrong with that as I tend to go there too when things become complicated. Sounds like you've got summer lined up to be special if you can get your mom to relax. By the way, little boys aren't particular where they pee, I've been a spectator more than once! :) Love the poem. Lizzie

  1. Date: 6/30/2012 3:12:00 AM
    Oh, I like this poem Keith because you put yourself back into the feet of teenagers brinking on adulthood, but still enjoying their moments of childhood. This a great poem!

  1. Date: 6/29/2012 3:35:00 PM
    I really like the turn in the last line. Great childhood memories.

  1. Date: 6/29/2012 2:57:00 PM
    This is a special write Kieth! I really enjoyed the youth of it all! A great perspective! Excellent Work!!