Reverse Rivalry

Anticipating rivalry, we paid
attention to the older sibling’s need.
We lavished love on baby, but we made
a ton of time for four years old, indeed.
We answered every query and we played.
His sweetness helped our efforts to succeed.
We never dreamed, at five and one, we’d see
the younger acting out in jealousy.

(Ottava Rima)

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