Those Faraway Days

Those Faraway Days

Those faraway days of pencil and pen
when kids were frightened of bogeymen,
Things were straightforward when I was young
assemblies where hymns with gusto were sung.
Girls saw the head’s cloak float down the aisle
but boys saw Batman, putting on the style,

Our playgrounds were racetracks or battlefields
places where baddies would cower and yield
to Robin Hood imposters or Ivanhoe’s
William Tell kept them on their toes,
Cooking for girls, gardening for boys
come hometime the corridors filled with noise.

The fun really started after school
if mum had baked you’d sit there and drool
Eating sugar sprinkled over a butty
rushing to go for a game of footy.
The last one out was always in goal
wet laced up caseballs, destroyed your soul

We’d play for ages, no worries for mum
when you got hungry she knew you’d be home,
Fun everywhere, wherever you went
swimming in the cut, sleeping in a tent,
Hopscotch on pavements walls were for games
lamp posts for climbing, the top was our aim.

We’d jump iron railings, or squeeze right through
make bows and arrows from churchyard yew,
I played kiss chase but only ever once
my brother was watching – called me a nonce!
Gave me a smack up the side of my head
made me wish I’d played leapfrog instead,

No-one had watches but we were alright
just had to be home before the twilight
Then, last thing at night when tucked up in bed
Imaginations ran riot inside our head,
Thinking about what tomorrow would bring
Those days of our childhood when freedom was king.

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eric1
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Hi, I am a grandfather of four beautiful Grandchildren, I have one son and three daughters, We lost Vickie to Cancer in December 2013, she was 23 years old, whoever said time heals haven't lost a child. My profile picture is of Vickie and I haven't changed it since she died, I have a wonderful loving wife without whom I would not have made it through. My escape is writing poetry, I have had five published to date, I now have two books published 'World War One In Verse' is available on Amazon books and 'Poetry From The Heart' is available on Amazon or Feed a Read, just enter the title and my name Eric Harvey.

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SheilaK51
29th Jun 2020
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Enjoyed your poem all so true brought some happy memories thank you
PatriciaP71
28th Jun 2020
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Fond memories of happy carefree days
KathleenR86
27th Jun 2020
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Like the poem , reminded me of my childhood.
Gwen45
27th Jun 2020
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Love the poem Eric , took me back to happier times when young ! you are so right , time does not heal when you lose a child !
eric1
27th Jun 2020
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Thank you for your kind words Gwen45 xx
EmS9
27th Jun 2020
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Thank you Eric I relived my childhood reading that. We also played in the woods day in, day out and climbed trees, made camps, fished for newts and sticklebacks in the bomb holes (still there in the 50s). So much freer then.
eric1
28th Jun 2020
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Totally agree EmS9, Jam jars and nets down the stream xx
Yodama
27th Jun 2020
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Love your poem Eric. A trip down my memory lane. I was smiling all the way through.
Thank you.
eric1
27th Jun 2020
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Thank you once again Yodama, I appreciate your feedback x
Glen17
27th Jun 2020
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What lovely memories of childhood , it brought it all back to me thank you
eric1
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Such a nostalgic poem Eric ... I am sure this will resonate well with our community 🙂

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