Young Life

Douglas Hugh Mc Clintock 1934 (Sarnia, Ontario)



Don't sweat the big things
It's the little things
That count for many blessings,
Like owning your very first jack knife !

A boy's dream - flying your first kite
So high, you could not see it,
Made of newspaper and sticks so light
I flew it because I was the pilot !

How about building your first birdhouse
Made of small twigs and glue,
Little wrens  made it a playhouse  
Brothers and sisters always arguing !

The first time you caught a fish
Had worms, too big a hook,
Smaller hook and silver paper was my wish,
Caught 13 herring, easy like reading a book !

My very first paper route,
Working 6 days a week
Paid $3.00 through rain wind  and sun
I delivered all 120 of them !

I planted my first garden
Yellow beans, radishes and carrots,
Like magic, they came up
I didn't have to plant the weeds !

Football  was my favorite sport,
Kicking was my forte,
Never missed any extra points
Won a school championship in 1948 !

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The life you led as a boy

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Written on July 09, 2022

Submitted by Dougla$Irishman on July 09, 2022

Modified on April 08, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AAAX BXBX CXCX DEDE XXFX FXXX GGXX
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 924
Words 191
Stanzas 7
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

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