North European school (early 19th century)‘A Sonnet for My Nephew’ by Caitlin O’Brien The Society May 2, 2022 Beauty, Humor, Poetry 5 Comments . A Sonnet for My Nephew Your mother held you first, and then your dad, And after that, the nurse. But then: your aunt. You curled inside my arms—such a small lad— My heart was yours right then. You did enchant Me so, and I knew then that you and me would make such mischief that your parents would just give us that fond look and then agree to simply answer us with, “Yes, that’s good,” and let us carry on with our small crimes. And so like this, you started out your life, With ABCs, and songs, and lilting rhymes— But they did not prepare us for the strife To come ahead. You struggle just to stand, But know this—I will always hold your hand. . . Caitlin O’Brien received her Bachelor of Arts with a focus in Creative Writing from the University of Rochester in 2011. She then went on to earn her Master’s degree at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. She is currently a high school literature teacher and resides in Naples, Florida. You can follow her on Instagram at @cpob1988. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 5 Responses Paul Freeman May 2, 2022 To encapsulate so much story and authentic emotion in such a relatively short poem is truly awesome. A suggestion. How about ‘a tiny lad’ instead of ‘such a small lad’, especially since ‘small’ is used later on? By the way, I thought ‘small crimes’ was brilliant term at conveying a loving, but almost subversive aunt-nephew relationship. Thanks for the read, Caitlin. Reply David Whippman May 2, 2022 Heartwarming poem about a family bond. Reply C.B. Anderson May 4, 2022 I’ve always approved of mischief, and I have only good things to say about your poem. Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant May 6, 2022 Caitlin, you capture the wonder of being a doting aunt to a nephew who has one’s heart brimming with love. I can relate to every beautiful word, and I can feel my nephew’s hand in mine as I contemplate each lovely line… nephews always need an aunt like you. Reply Stuti May 7, 2022 I love how you’ve captured the aunt-nephew bond in this piece with the mischief & lilting rhymes and the weave of emotions through it all. I particularly enjoyed the closing of this piece – “…..I will always hold your hand”. It is vivid in its imagery as you painted in the previous line, the image of a little toddler struggling to find his balance but that line is layered with so many emotions and a promise for the future as well. Thank you for the read. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.