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  Good Ol' Days?
by Odin Roark
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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Although not a computer game player myself, it might be argued that some marketing strategies suggest there may be more afoot here than meets the eye.

Good Ol’ Days?

When a death was without guise
When a scum bag in a wrinkled linen suit
Could stagger with Jimmy Cagney deftness
Knife protruding from the heart
Mouth agape in surprise
Fall face down in a rain drenched gutter
Knowing it was quits

When future grandpas and grandmas
Wrote youthful prose well into the night
Penned upon the same kind of notebooks
Their kids used in school
When the great American novel was
Still a dream that could honestly come true

When a family’s one-room cold water flat
Was blessed with one of the ubiquitous fire escapes
To hang laundry by day
Enjoy the stars by night
When roof tops were for pigeon cages
And throwing the panicked to the streets below
By Pomade groomed mobsters

When war vets
Some without legs
Pushing along on gloved palms
Atop make-shift dollies
Dodging the cart vendors
Stick ball players
And fire hydrant cooling
Found life doable

Often called the good ol’ days
Before we homogenized struggle and hardship
Into packaged answers sans hard fought questions
Before striving to live the good life for many
Became mere vicarious virtual reality games

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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 8/15/2012
A long time ago, I think it was in my college psychology class, I learned that memory is selective, tending to remember the good times and forget the bad. I do recall that both of my grandfathers did not live as long as they should. One died from strokes resulting from his salt and fat laden diet. The other died from prostate cancer. I remember him calling raisins “bugs” and probably, like my father, not a vegetable man. In addition, he never went to the doctor until he had cancer.

Yes, life was simpler then. However, none of us really would like to live back in those, “good ol' days .”

Reviewed by richard cederberg 8/15/2012
The extent of my game playing, many years ago, was Mario World and Mario Cart. haha! Just never got into the distraction. I always felt there was an inordinate amount of subliminal programming in the subtext of computer games; especially after seeing how so many became 'neurotic game junkies' after playing them for years. it's good to see that more are responding to your thought-provoking poetic insights, Odin. Enjoyed!
Reviewed by Asa Seeley 8/15/2012
at 30 there are lot of things about the good ol days era that i missed but i do appreciate a lot of the things i missed. for instance...i love old movies and the talent of the old actors and actresses, i love the sound and songs of the crooners of yesterday and i am sorry i missed some of the 'values' of the ol days era. yeah i think we missed a whole lot and I have always felt that advanced technology in certain fields is one of the main cause for the breakdown in our society today. thanks for share....asa
Reviewed by RWE SAYS BYE 8/15/2012
...some interesting thoughts here... but I'd venture to say those war vets would sooner opt for modern prosthetic legs rather than the 'so-called' good old days... wouldn't you agree?

Reviewed by John Flanagan 8/15/2012
more than a social history, Odin, a social
and cultural philosophy embedded and always
in touch with the truth

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 8/14/2012
You provide substance to reflect upon through these words, Odin. Thank you. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Keith Rowley 8/14/2012
This may be the only poetic work I've read on the matter of reminiscences of synthetic events, and if not, it's certainly the only memorable one. Your verses convey clear images that appear to be untainted by the maudlin regrets which are the substance of many works on this matter, and it shows how easily we conflate works of fiction with reality. I particularly enjoyed the way the final verse places 'yesterday' within context and illustrates the vicarious way so many people live their lives.

Great work Odin. Thanks for an invigorating read.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 8/14/2012

Sad, sad, sad, but FUCKING truth . . .

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