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Weapons of Small Destruction

You used to come home from school 
grab two-handfuls of wooden building blocks 
and take one brooding look at the Lego cities 
I’d carefully constructed. 

Then, with a bit of spit starting on your mouth 
you’d begin to hurl 
making bombing noises and dancing 
your eyes shining hysterically.  

I’d scream for Mum to come stop you 
but she with her dusty apron and hair in a bun 
tired from polishing floors or scouring the oven
could only muster a shrill, “Stop that!” before
returning to her Watkins cleaning products.

You’d smirk and circle slowly while 
crushing my teddy, I’d slink to the corner 
and watch until, bored, 
you’d turn to me and say, “better clean up your mess” 
before walking away to find our mother
quietly rifling through recipes.


written in a "one-off" flow of recollection,  April 11, 2011

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  1. Date: 3/11/2012 4:46:00 PM
    congrats Soulfire on featured poem this week on PS.. great write to share luv..

  1. Date: 3/9/2012 11:44:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week ~Soulfire~. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/7/2012 12:01:00 AM
    Wow, a creative piece of poetry based on the subject of siblings.I have two kids and the younger one manages to shatter his sis's creations! A refreshing topic you have chosen here.

  1. Date: 3/6/2012 6:40:00 PM
    ~Soulfire~ Many can relate to that tantrum i'm sure. a good expression of 2 siblings struggling to grow and learn. ;-)

  1. Date: 3/6/2012 6:10:00 PM
    Congrats on your poem being featured this week. I was the oldest (of 5 brothers). Guess I was the bad guy at times.

  1. Date: 3/6/2012 5:45:00 PM
    Reminds of scenes I witnessed (but did not take part in) in childhood...very well written. And congratulations on being featured this week.

  1. Date: 3/6/2012 11:12:00 AM
    soylfire, Congratulations on your poem featured this week...have a Nice one...pd

  1. Date: 3/6/2012 7:06:00 AM
    congrats on feature and this is wonderful.. I love Mum screaming,"stop that." xoxo Patrick

  1. Date: 5/20/2011 6:55:00 AM
    Soulfire....I am just now discovering your talent, (don't know what took me so long) but must say you are amazing and a such a gifted poet. I often listen to Garrison Kiellor on NPR each morning read the poem of the day....your poetry reminds me of many of those, and I can imagine him reading yours to the world.

  1. Date: 4/16/2011 8:38:00 AM
    You too seem to draw inspiration from real life and come up with some very creative poetry. LGreat reading. Thank you for yor comment on my repost of a tragedy. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 9:26:00 PM
    a creative piece of wonderful poetry.

  1. Date: 4/11/2011 12:33:00 PM
    how cute and charming, soulfire... likey likey this as i imagine you ward of a naughty kid.. full of life! :) huggs