Posted by: boromax | March 19, 2021

The Garden of My Youth

I visited the garden of my youth today.

It always makes me smile.

I found an oak-branch tommy-gun

and a soup can telephone

and a great big shooter marble

glistening brightly amongst its friends

There was also a slingshot

and a large ball of string

surrounded by a gaggle of two-inch tall toy soldiers

plus a yo-yo and a top and a dime store slide-flute,

a harmonica, a kazoo, and a jack-in-the-box;

a few mangled papers that used to be airplanes,

a pop-gun and a homemade wooden sword,

and over in one corner

having a quiet tête-à-tête

were a robot, a dinosaur, and an Indian Chief.

Scattered all over from thither to yon

were dozens of small metal cars,

and a lunch box awaited my careful attentions

with a smirking expression

where the lid is bent up on one side.

Lifting the lid and peering inside

I find postage stamps and trading cards,

gum wrappers, post cards, and old valentines.

There I am;

the child inside;

memories of life and of living,

thoughts long subdued

now warm and softly glowing

inviting me

to remember

and to smile

I visited the garden of my youth today.

It always makes me wonder.


Responses

  1. beautifully nostalgic , Ed; the garden of your youth looks very much like mine; it’s wonderful you kept all these ephemera; ‘and over in one corner, having a quiet tete a tete were a robot, a dinosaur and an indian chief’: magical ! I really liked this one, Ed 🙂

    • Thank you so much, John. I confess, I had all those things, but not anymore. They live in my memory, though!

  2. My garden of youth had too many dolls. with handmade beds and sofas, and dresses that were crafted with less skill and more love. They now live with much younger cousins and in my memory…

    • Good memories. My garden also included a couple of “action figures” – G.I. Joe and Captain Action, with sundry eminently losable accessories.

  3. I love the images of childhood found in this poem.

    • Thank you, henhouselady!

  4. Lovely image and imagery in your writing, there’s a child still hiding inside us all 🙂

    • Thank you, TasView! Yes, we do, indeed.

  5. How beautifully poignant, Ed

    • Thank you, Derrick!

  6. Love it. I am there with you.

    On Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 10:22 AM ~ Trivial Music Silliness ~ wrote:

    > boromax posted: ” I visited the garden of my youth today. It always makes > me smile. I found an oak-branch tommy-gun and a soup can telephone and a > great big shooter marble glistening brightly amongst its friends There was > also a slingshot and ” >

    • Thank you, Gary. It is pleasant to remember these things, isn’t it?

  7. Oh, it is good to visit the younger versions of ourselves now and again! Surprising at what we find! I love this!

    • Glad you like it! 🙂

  8. Superbly written, it made me think of make a trip back to the garden of my youth.

    • Thank you, Geri. I hope that is an enjoyable trip for you! ~Ed.


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