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  Icky Banaki Childhood Dreamland
by Jerry W. Engler
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Who told anybody that I wanted to grow up? Lord, help me be forever young.












Give me the dreamland of childhood

where the noonday sun shines

all day life-singing long,

and the icky banaki

of the egernaging laki

give me such joy,

and make no sense!


No, no, no,

I don’t want to grow up,

I don’t want to grow up,

no,  no not me,

I don’t want to grow up,

but just give me again

the great fun of my dreamland,

and the romping silly frolics

that sunny childhood brings,

and the icky banaki,

of not plannin’ nuthin’ where

there’s no such thing as double negatives,

and ain’t, ain’t, ain’t are all words!


No, money ain’t allowed in my dreamland,

but the Lone Ranger and Hopalong Cassidy are

because they’re the only ones with guns,

and chickens sing zippety-doo-da,

with no thought of what they do

to Disney stock,

and us kids skip with the cows down at the barn,

and I lay there and dream

in the foot-tall grass

with nary a scheme

about what I’ll do

when I do grow up,

but it’s an icky banaki egernaki laki dream,

maybe me and God create a few new worlds,

we give them their spins,

watch their lives kick in,

I take a ride with Gabby Hayes,

and marry Judy Garland,

or not,

just roll that rock over to look at the sow bugs,

or nuthin’,

just go where I will,

watch the sun spots through the holes in my ballcap,

yeah, yeah, yeah ain’t it great

to be fun,



just young!


Copyright 2009, Jerry W. Engler


Jerry W. Engler

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Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 2/3/2010
You have captured youth with perfection...such good writing, Jerry.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/20/2010
That is why I am not insulted when people tell me time and again that I "never grew up." Thank you for sharing this delightful offering, Jerry. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Jean Pike 1/3/2010
Jerry, this was such a pleasure to read. The fun, impish quality made me smile. Definitely one of your lighter works. And tho it means growing a year older ... Happy New Year :)
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 1/1/2010
That is the way to be, for sure. This was a delight to read.
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 12/31/2009
You've captured youth beautifully with this spry, energetic romp through yesterday. As you might imagine, my favorite lines are:

"maybe me and God create a few new worlds,
we give them their spins,
watch their lives kick in,..."

On the cusp of another year, it is good to remind ourselves that we need not "be" old. Happy 2010, my friend!

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/30/2009
I don't want to grow up, either. Much more fun to look at things with childish eyes - they never see the ugliness or the pain - and if so, it doesn't last long. They still know how to forgive - and love - an excellent write, Jerry, enjoyed this one.

(((HUGS))) and love, and Happy New Year, Karla.
Reviewed by Andy Turner 12/30/2009
Spoken like a true man.
Well done, you speak for most blokes.
Like the humourous style.
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 12/29/2009
and no where to go in a hurry, what in the end is the prize anyway right Jerry? You have a great New Year! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 12/29/2009
lol. You're darned right. Write on Jerry. Liz

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