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When we were kids in the 60s
by David Maclellan

Saturday, July 10, 2010
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Ah, the good old days...





Let me tell you what we did,

to pass the time, when I'as a kid

We’d rummage the dumps to scavenge parts,

to build our trusty billy-carts.

Once we dragged up the street,

an old piece of iron we could beat.

We flattened every corrugation,

with bricks and hammers, and determination.

With fruit-box ends, a stolen nail or two,

we built a beautiful tin canoe. 

Proudly we carried it to the creek,

only to find our tin craft did leak.

We had no such thing as silicone

But wit and cunning we did own

We sat and waited for the hot summer sun,

And before too long, the road tar run. 

With sticks we scooped it into a tin,

and plugged every hole, where the water came in.

Then we boarded our trusty boat,

and to our amazement, it really did float!!

Other kids in the street built their own canoes,

And many roofs vanished, from back yard loos.

Kids from all along the street,

joined to form their own naval fleet.

All summer long, we fought naval wars,

And the only injuries sustained were paspallium sores.

Clear summer skies changed to winter’s blues

So we decommissioned our fleet of small tin canoes.

When the winter rains wet the quarry's clay,

The next adventure was born, the Masonite sleigh.

With a pull on the rope, to make the Masonite bend,

at break-neck speed, into the quarry we’d descend.

When the daredevil ride finally came to a stop,

with sleigh in tow, we’d climb back to the top.

A few more rides, and chilled to the bone,

with our sleighs safely hidden,

we’d make our way home.

 

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Reviewed by JMS Bell 7/9/2012
WOW, DAVID...THIS IS EXCELLENT. PHRASES, RHYTHM, RHYME BLEND SO SMOOTHLY AND PRODUCE VIVIDLY CLEAR IMAGERY IN A WORK THAT SOLIDLY SUPPORTS ITS THEME. GREAT MEAL! THANKS. I AM GOING TO KEEP THIS ONE. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Katharine Sparrow 7/17/2011
Yes, the good old days! This charming rhyme holds warmth and nostalgia as well as a touch of old fashioned humor.
Reviewed by Terry Rizzuti 8/14/2010
A great poem, David. I wonder sometimes how many kids today make their own fun instead of having it handed to them by their parents. Terry
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 8/7/2010
God that sounds like fun! We'd go out and dam up the creek but it never stood long, but in winter when the current slowed it made for one heck of an ice rink. Patrick
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 8/2/2010
we made dolls from corn cob silk

and drank cocoa made from fresh milk

made snow sleds from old store signs

braved the big hill and had grand times

constructed stick castles in the wood

listened to Grampa's stories when we could

in doll clothes finery we dressed our cats

at twilight threw dirt clods at barn bats

we swung on a rope tied to an oak tree

Mama would have had a heart attack to see

The way we flew over that deep ravine

you'd think we were dying the way we'd scream

Sometimes in summertime we'd sneak

and skinny dip like heathens in the creek

it was a good time to grow up in

remembered now by old women and men.





LOVE your poem David, it inspired me!!

Reviewed by Connie Faust 7/31/2010
A charming tale, David! How resourceful you were! We waded in the creek by our house and crossed it on stones; it was way too small to sail a canoe, but we cherished it anyway.
Connie
Reviewed by Darkest Angel (Reader) 7/16/2010
Wow, that is a great writing of some very cool activities. It made me think of some the same things we did as youngsters; it was always hard to get supplies, too--nails, included. Taken back to times, and moments. Thanks for the rides....
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 7/13/2010
awesome to get to visualize reading your memories David
I was a tomboy & the boys & I built tree forts...
Treasure Hunting
Vickie
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/10/2010
You have recalled and shared these experiences most effectively via your verses here, David. You have also awakened fond memories. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Paul Drouillard 7/10/2010
excellent
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 7/10/2010
Childhood memories like these are pretty much a thing of the past, aren't they? Very nice trip into your childhood, David. I wish the kids of today could have that much fun "outside"...

Anna
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 7/10/2010
This put a big smile on my face, David. Nice memories.
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