Adeline Foster

(Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

I Worry Too


If Mother were sick,
And I were her nurse,
I’d tip-toe so softly:
She wouldn’t get worse.

If Father were busy
And I hurt my hand,
I’d still yell out loudly:
I know he’d understand.

If the window were open
And a bee should fly in,
You know the “if”
If I tried to swat him.

If I should be rude
And Mother would hear,
I know she would swat me:
I think you know where.

These are some “ifs”
That color my world,
But they haven’t happened:
I’m a fortunate girl.

Submitted: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Edited: Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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  • Bri Edwards (9/5/2013 3:28:00 PM)

    Adeline, thanks for sharing. i hope you don't mind that you have inspired me and i have borrowed from you......below:

    But I Don't Worry

    If Mother were sick,
    And I were her nurse,
    I’d tip-toe so softly:
    But she'd still get worse.

    If Father were busy
    And I hurt my hand,
    I’d still yell out loudly:
    But he'd not understand.

    If the window were open
    And a bee should fly in,
    I'd try to swat him or her,
    But the bee always does win.

    If I should be rude
    And Mother would hear,
    I know she would spank me:
    on my little bare rear.

    These are some “ifs”
    That might color my world,
    But they haven’t happened:
    As through life I've twirled.

    bri :) (Report) Reply

  • Marcus Mckinley (10/24/2011 1:17:00 PM)

    brings back the idea of 'kid logic' when we all thought of the what if's and the consequences that might follow.

    great write.

    4th verse by = be (Report) Reply

  • Hans Vr (10/20/2011 9:34:00 AM)

    The poem is playful and tremendously sweet.
    Very nicely written, a pleasure to read. (Report) Reply

  • Shadow Girl (9/28/2011 3:29:00 AM)

    This was an interesting and thoughtful write....left me pondering over the words...great skill and a good feel to it...liked it. Thanks for sharing!
    -SG (Report) Reply

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