Posted: 02/16/2014 in house of love, house of women

j’miah got four sisters.

they dress ‘im up, sit his baby fat butt at their tea parties.

j’miah got all of their old

dolls, trolls, jacks.

you might’ve been surprised to see the green-haired naked marines

storm the beach and beat the Bratzis.

j’miah got four sisters, make him their pet.

they soothe and scold, make him be the dad or the dog.

time goes by, j’miah’s four sisters all get married, one by one.

all the husbands got sisters.

all the sisters think j’miah awfully cute.

“he understands things” they say.

“he’s not an asshole,” they say.

“like you,” they add, to the brother-husbands.


j’miah got four sisters.

it ain’t all bad.

he tell this basic fact to every new girlfriend,

including the new one,

the naked one,

the one with green hair.


for Kerry’s free verse challenge: Four.

  1. The rhythm…the lines. Hilarious, Coal.

    (Only the rare ones aren’t assholes.)

  2. hedgewitch says:

    I love this–it ain’t all bad, baby. Sisters can be very useful. Especially do I love the last lines. You are on fire today.

  3. Kay Davies says:

    Whoa, Ms Coal, you’ve done it again. Wonderful.
    Love, K

  4. grapeling says:

    I have two older sisters. As a small boy, they sat on and tickled me until I couldn’t breathe as their friends watched, and they all laughed and laughed. A giant raspberry sound now. Eventually they got bored when they met older boys and dope. From them I learned that women are powerful, spiteful, and laugh at misery. 🙂 Somehow I forgot all that until reading this poem. See what you’ve done? (smiles) ~

  5. Mama Zen says:

    This is so cool!

  6. Oh a girl with green hair. never easy to be a little brother I reconn. My little sister would say a big brother can be quite a nuisance too.

  7. Round of applause for J’miah and Ms Black!!

  8. margaret says:

    Oh, my youngest child (a boy) has four older sisters (whom he adores). My youngest son adores his oldest brother (thinks he’s a super hero) … His four other mommies – I mean sisters – have turned him into a sweet, considerate, boy who loves Strawberry Shortcake, My LIttle Pony, and numerous other “girly” shows. 🙂 I will miss this someday… 🙂 LOVED this poem (but don’t get the green reference at the end…) (hitting my head against the wall 🙂

  9. Helen says:

    Love it when you go all alter ego …..

  10. There are distinct advantages to being the baby boy in a big girly family. Your use of idiomatic language carries the reader into the room with the boy and his girls. Nicely.

  11. dani says:

    love the way you tell a story, girl!

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