first to smoke a cigarette,
first to kiss lips, not for bet,
first across Atlantic on jumbo jet.
youngest of three brothers,
yellow, allocated colour;
first-favoured by mother.
solo-travelled on country bus,
pirate stations found, another plus;
one-upmanship my trademark suss.
disc disciple, surfin’ sounds,
hated, many hand-me-downs;
furiously fought for: fraternal crowns.
the only boy to boarding school,
rebel runaway, broke many rules,
sank not swam in swimming pools.
family fracturing I luckily escaped,
scarred siblings, equally scraped;
hopeful Hemmings…not hero-caped.