What happened to you?
What happened to the days
when life was about
playing ‘around the block game’
Where we ran free & unfettered,
frolicking with friends?
Where the mystery of who held the hidden paper
was the delight in this child’s invented game?
What happened to YOU?
Where it was safe to assume that we were safe.
We could hide in ANY neighbor’s yard;
& the only danger
perceived was that
which was devised
in our own imaginations?
The pretend villain.
The opposing hero.
Daylight savings in the 60s.
Suburbia. safe and sound.
REMEMBERING . . .
I am running the streets outside.
I am enjoying my friends
Crickets chirping in the yard.
The kids are safe.
Let them PLAY.
Popsicles on top of the station wagon
Fireworks on the Fourth of July!
WE were exuberant children
Gulping Shasta soda
one special day to Celebrate
the beauty & freedom of you – AMERICA
WE felt so free; after –
Playing ping-pong and shuffleboard.
Even the dads were in the pool;
Tossing us up into the air
playing ‘keep away’
where we as valiant children
were almost willing to drown to hang on to the rubber ball.
Each & EVERY single day
in the Summer
We were swimming in the pool; playing
‘cut away’ &‘corner tag’
as our moms drank iced tea
& attempted to discern the fine line between what would lead to stitches
And what was just plain FUN?
Have you changed America?
Were you lying to me back then?
When you told me that life was safe; &
That life was good?
Were you lying to me when you told me that
we were all friends?
Or . . .
WAS I simply naïve,
did not know
that I lived in a part of America
That wasn’t REAL for everyone?