Here we go again. Big Tent Poetry first prompt for this week is to write a poem about a tree house or club house rules. For NaPoWriMO day 11, I was thinking 5- to 7-year-olds.

by Mike Patrick

Flickr image by Lesbryant2

It’s my clubhouse
and it’s no girls allowed.
Only guys can come in here,
of that we can be proud.

But Billy, what about Sue?
Isn’t she our friend?
That’s a pretty tough rule,
You may have to bend.

Come on, Jeff . . . Sue’s a guy.
Watch him climb a tree,
and he won’t even cry
when he scratches up a knee.

Sue can throw a rock
clear cross Stenson Creek,
and only yesterday
there was a band-aid on his cheek.

Maybe so, Billy, I don’t know,
but if that’s gonna be the rule,
the only way we can be sure
is wait ’til we start school.

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13 Responses to NO GIRLS!

  1. vivinfrance says:

    Can I come? I was a dreadful tomboy.

  2. Tilly Bud says:

    THis is so sweet 🙂

  3. earlybird says:

    Very atmospheric – a whiff of the 50s ? – but perhaps that’s the picture. (Where do you find your pictures?)

  4. trisha says:

    very beautiful mike, i wish i had a tree house during childhood. 🙂

  5. espriurenee says:

    I like this and so true about children and what they like and don’t like. Well put!

  6. Laurie Kolp says:

    Ah… through the eyes of children… well done! Cute ending, too.

  7. Takes me back – I knew girls just like her… but once at school ‘no girls allowed’ was THE rule.

  8. Kim Nelson says:

    Boys, boys, boys.
    I have to say, after spending last week in Washington D.C., I realized how real and current are “Boys Only” clubs. 😉

  9. Aw…that’s cute and sweet!

  10. Deb says:

    Love the conversation in here. Delightful.

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