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Below is the poem entitled BROTHER - BILLY which was written by poet daver austin. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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It started growing in a field
Billy Stover watched it grow

Because the corn was tall
Because Billy Stover was small
No one knew
Now one saw

No one saw how the tiny boy watched by the hour    in summer's heat
Even from the top of high elm trees by the road
    who could have detected that small lad    stretched out
    on his stomach    leaning on his elbows    watching

On stormy days    Billy watched from the closest window
    elbows propped up on the sill
He knew it was growing    though he couldn't see it
He'd be down in the field now    in the mud    watching
    but    his mother forbade it
"What do you do out there    Billy    all by yourself?
What is it you do out there instead of playing?"

On certain days    when the wind swayed the green stalks
    and    nipped Billy's cheeks    his eyes would light up
He fought back a burning desire to run into the white kitchen
    to tug at his mother's apron    to bring her out
    and show her his one spot
He jumped up    once    when the flames leaped high
    started running for the house
"Mother!    Mother!"    he silently shouted
Every part of his small body shook with joy    but
The bleak    white walls of the kitchen
    his mother    her hands dipped in bread dough....................................

It started growing in the field    in the dirt    in the mind of Billy Stover
And    no one could have kept a secret better than Billy

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  1. Date: 4/15/2013 3:21:00 PM
    Daver, I know that you never enter contests, but I am doing a list of my favorite poems and this is probably my MOST favorite of any poem I have ever read. If you can get it into my contest, it could be your first time on a winners' list. Would love to showcase this one. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 6/7/2012 11:28:00 AM
    Daver, I read this because of Andrea's comment, and I sure am glad I did, top notch...David

  1. Date: 1/4/2012 11:30:00 PM
    I came to see if anyone had ever read it.I had hoped someone reading my notes on the poem to you would come see this one (and one poet had told me she would try to) DAng it, I wish Soup had not made it so hard to find the old poems of ours. I think most poets here do not know how to access these older poems!) thanks for your comment on my sun haiku set. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 1/30/2011 9:30:00 PM
    I am gonna rate this one. I probably was not leaving ratings the first time I saw your poems, and as you know, this one is TOP NOTCH and I think I put it on my Fave list too. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 12/13/2010 7:28:00 AM
    I see that I have commented on this delight dear poet, and I'm fin'n ta do so again...I see my lil' Noah in that there corn feild Sir,he is so awesome, as this write Dave ! much love, james

  1. Date: 11/12/2010 4:01:00 PM
    Congratulations on your coming forward into the second round.Sara

  1. Date: 11/11/2010 10:23:00 AM
    All of us "Billies" out here thank you Sir for the fond memories being brought back ! Congratulations being chosen for the contests next round ! much love, james

  1. Date: 11/10/2010 9:00:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through the first round of the Poetrysoup site contest Daver. The best to you in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/10/2010 4:37:00 AM
    Congrats Dave on your poem being chosen in the first round of competition in the P.S. contest.. good luck in the next phase luv..

  1. Date: 11/9/2010 11:46:00 PM
    dave-r..Im so happy this lovely and creative piece made it through the first round. Yipee..BG

  1. Date: 11/9/2010 9:27:00 PM
    Oh, my gosh, it's that one that you feel so strongly about!! THe really awesome one of yours, Daver. How COOL . ARe you saying you never entered it?? Or were you just kidding around? surely you entered this. how awesome if it were to win!!! Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 11/9/2010 6:56:00 PM
    What a delightful story of a young boy rejoicing in his very own "field of dreams," corn stalks that towered above his head. Awesome poem, my friend, and I'm so happy it made the first cut in the Soup competition. Congratulations! This is a delight to read. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 12/2/2009 2:46:00 PM
    And what is the myterious growing thing? For the reader to form their own opinion. Keep the magical pen flowing. Thanks for stopping by and reading my works. Sara

  1. Date: 5/26/2009 3:30:00 PM
    Billy, was my brothers name Daver. I thoroughly enjoyed this poem, James

  1. Date: 11/3/2008 3:11:00 PM
    I love this poem, Dave. Best wishes in the next round. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 11/1/2008 4:02:00 PM
    Daver - Congrats on your poetry making it through to the next round – Great Job & God Bless

  1. Date: 10/30/2008 6:00:00 PM
    Congratulations on making the semi finals. God Bless Phyl

  1. Date: 10/27/2008 2:56:00 PM
    Hi Austin Congrats on your amazing poetry making the semi-finals and good luck in the finals! Love Light Truth Patricia

  1. Date: 10/27/2008 1:39:00 PM
    Congratulations on being selected as a seim-finalist with this poem. Way to go! This is your second honor for this piece. Enjoy your success. Best wishes in the finals. Karen

  1. Date: 10/27/2008 11:47:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through the first round. Good luck in the finals. Love, Carol