Do you agree with,
- "What are little boys made of?
- Snips and snails, and puppy-dogs' tails,
- That's what little boys are made of.
- What are little girls made of?
- Sugar and spice, and everything nice,
- That's what little girls are made of."
Not sugar and spice and all that is nice?
What are little boys made up of?
Of two year olds running after a football …
Of balancing on a moving tricycle at three
(And three stitches to remember that ...)
Of emptying bottles of oil on skinny arms,
Of three dedicated push ups
And then another irresistible peek to check them (missing) bulging muscles
Of talcum powder on the floor
Of shirt unbuttoned like Shah Rukh Khan
Neckties without a shirt
Daddy’s leather belts worn on PJs
Of wardrobes emptied on the floor ...
(and once hid an egg there in the hope that it will hatch)
Of a passion for gum boots,
With daddy’s socks
Of towels and dupatttas used as Superman’s cape
Of underwear worn on top of jeans
And of being allowed to go out to play like that ...
Of letters to Santa and tooth fairies
Of jumping in the sea like 'Bay Watch’ because Mamma thought she was drowning
Of missing the sound of Daddy clearing his throat ...
Of West Life and Bryan
Of hours spent in front of the mirror to look like Bryan
Of Bryan’s hair style
Of favorite lyrics and Pokémon cartoons
In the last pages of all school notebooks
Of music classes bunked to play football
Of thinking they can drive at threeOf wanting to be daddy when they grow up
Of wanting to be rock stars tomorrow
Of wanting to be footballers today …Of avoiding running over frogs and snails ...
while cycling full speed
Of whooping and rolling on the floor
to the tune of
Of a puppy dogs wagging tail
Isn't that what little boys are made up of ...