The Eldest Born Knows

And like the eldest born knows,
Experiments take place.
And like the eldest born knows,
Expectations have their weight...
Since a quickness to do,
Eliminates time thought wasted.

And like the eldest born knows,
Appreciation isn't stated...
To keep the others safe.
No one protects the eldest.
Only fate awaits.

It becomes taken for granted,
The eldest is used...
To abuse with an escape,
With lies that are told by others...
Who will never know what it is like,
To take what the eldest does.

The eldest has to learn quick,
To do everything and take care of business...

by Lawrence S. Pertillar

Comments (4)

Present simple tense of the last stanza of the poem owl
This poem is so touchy and inspiring. I love d language too.
One further point that illustrates both Thomas's sensitivity as a poet and his remarkable honesty.'Salted' is an apt choice of word, and Thomas is right to repeat it. While his sympathy for 'soldiers and poor' is genuine, 'rejoice' suggests his own sense of contentment which triggers feelings of guilt or bad conscience. 'Salted' thus suggests both pleasure and pain; salt as adding flavour and salt as harshness, as in rubbing salt into a wound. Quite brilliant.
I admire this poem as much as Adelstrop, which is saying a great deal. The construction with its flow and stress on key words (e.g. hungry, cold, tired) is simple yet effective. Synonyms for these words are picked up and matched in the second stanza, and a new element, the owl's cry, is introduced. In the third verse, Thomas's wide reading is evident as he differs from Shakespeare regarding the significance of the owl's cry. In the last stanza, Thomas tells of the sobering effect of this voice, and an awareness of those less fortunate than himself.