To blow one’s own trumpet
Most lad wants to do well for their parents
to receive the praise
bask in the glow of adulation of their
saying the lad listens well to what
a father says.
It was just so at first
then the bubble burst.
As my hand before my face,
it was Thursday, summer
corned beef fritters for tea.
I got an A in maths dad !
And I basked
best of all everyone else did rubbish !
And it burst.
Indeed ‘heroes & zeros ‘ was written for me
as crushed he said no one loves a smart arse,
its not done to blow one’s own trumpet see ?
and I stood dashed amidst praise now sparse,
But no, I had spoilt it,
damn my schoolboy arrogance and bad manners !
I encourage my kids its ok to win
and to try try their best to learn,
but keep it quiet so as not to sin,
or their face for years will burn.