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Silence Is Golden

My Dad often said, "children should be seen and not heard!"
So my sister, brother and I would sit before him not saying a word
We stare at him and mimic his each and every action
Trying to stifle our giggles while trying to get a reaction

He yawn and three children would yawn in quick succession
Three sets of raised eyebrows mimicking his facial expression
He sniff, change positions, lick his lips or scratch his arm
Three quiet little monkeys copycatting with unique charm

This would go on for quite some time until Dad could take no more
In a booming voice he say, "get upstairs" and we'd dash to the second floor
We barely make it up the stairs before collapsing in fits of laughter
Elated we elected a response from dad, the triumph we were after

After we exhausted ourselves of giggles and could keep a straight face
Down the stairs we go and once again in front of him we take a place
We could tell Dad was also doing his best not to smile and  to snicker
The game would begin anew, until laughter threatened to flicker.

Copyright © Cecilia Macfarlane

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  1. Date: 3/2/2015 6:56:00 PM
    Nicely written....a wonderful game ..I like the ending line....hugs

  1. Date: 9/22/2013 2:59:00 AM
    lol. I can never shut up. good rhyming. luckily my childhood is not yet over. November im a teenager. please look at my poems. would be appreciated if you left comments as I am new to this.

  1. Date: 9/17/2013 6:46:00 AM
    this is truly amazing,, and brings back many memories, of my own childhood....

  1. Date: 8/28/2013 4:36:00 PM
    Ahh!! Great memory that you have shared with us..I enjoyed reading each line..Thanks for the visit to my work..Sara

  1. Date: 8/25/2013 10:37:00 AM
    This is such a funny scene. Nice that you had a family together at the table. It's a very cute game as well. Your dad was a character that you have described in a loving way.

  1. Date: 8/21/2013 4:31:00 PM
    Love this Cecilia so well expressed it takes you there Shadow x smile

  1. Date: 8/21/2013 9:01:00 AM
    This was a sweet & joyful reading. The power of how family should be. Excellent!

  1. Date: 8/21/2013 8:09:00 AM
    Delightful piece! Made me smile.

  1. Date: 8/21/2013 12:58:00 AM
    haha, this is cute!! My dad kept yelling at us at night because were so many of us in our three bedrooms. I had two other sisters with me in MY bedroom and we would giggle all night and he'd scream up the stairs at us. Can't believe he could hear us all the way down there!!

  1. Date: 8/20/2013 9:54:00 PM
    I like this story. Good write