A Trilogy of Memory Lane

Childhood Retrospectives

I. Yesterday

I used to be an engineer:

                construction was my game.


Great earthworks unfolded

                    by my hand; transformed

                              the dreary land.


Terraced valleys today, subdivisions

                             tomorrow and tomorrow dams

                                        and rivers, waterfalls and lakes.


No ordinary


                                for me.


II. Garden Bower

Perched up in my aerie,

                I surveyed the lands around.


A perilous climb to a thorny perch,

                hidden by flowers sweet.


Ingenuity my aide, I made the climb

                 well-armed into the trellis high:

                                 a hammer to blunt the waiting thorns.



After reading too many

                 Dagwood and Blondie comics,


I find, standing on my head

                 trying to swallow against gravity

                                  is one thing with spit....


Quite another

                 with 7-up.



© C. Elizabeth Carl

I. 9-7-91; II. undated; III. 1992

© C. Elizabeth (Carl) Elias 5-31-2010

More by this Author

Comments 4 comments

Wayne Brown profile image

Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

I hope all that happened a while back...Imagining you hanging upside down in a tree and drinking Seven-Up...well, I guess we all have our needs. Thanks for a smile. WB

DzyMsLizzy profile image

DzyMsLizzy 6 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

LOL Wayne...yes...I was only about 8 years old at the time of the 7-up incident..and no, not in a tree--in the dining room, propped in a headstand position against a chair. It was NOT a pleasant outcome. Lessons learned the hard way: don't believe what you see in the funny papers! ROFL

yellowstar2000 profile image

yellowstar2000 6 years ago from WestCoast Florida

so cute, I enjoyed this one, and brought back fond memories of hanging upside down on the monkey-bars at the playground as a child...

DzyMsLizzy profile image

DzyMsLizzy 6 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, yellowstar2000--thanks! Glad you enjoyed my nonsense!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.

    Click to Rate This Article