The Poetry of Brian Langley




Badges of Merit



A boy scout wears his shirt with pride

For sewn on it are

The badges that denote the skills

That he has learnt so far


Like how to make some billy tea

And how to boil an egg

And how to darn his woolen sox

And mend a broken leg


And how to care for animals

When they are almost dead

And how to tidy up his room

And neatly make his bed


But thereís one badge that isnít there

The one they always miss

The one that says heís passed the test

Of his first real kiss


©  Brian Langley   28 Sept,  2008

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