DIGGING TO CHINA

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A revised version of it appears in my ebook book, Digging to China,available both on Kindle and as a PDF. It will soon be available as a limited edition chap book. To request a PDF or chap book, click here.


I remember one day

when I was a boy

digging a hole

in my best friends' back yard.


We'd heard--

being boys and all

and believing such things--

that if we dug down

deep enough

we would find China.


So we dug.


With

our

dirty

grimy

little

five

year

old

hands.

and by noon

we'd created

a hole

of about

six inches

into

the

hard

earth.


But--

being boys and all

we got bored--

and after lunch

we found a new obsession

and we no longer cared

if we ever found China.





all rights reserved. Copyright Justin W. Price, June 2011



PDXKaraokeGuy, also known as Justin W. Price, is an author with Sweatshoppe Publications, which will soon re-release his poetry collection, Digging to China. Additionally, the managing editor at eFiction horror and The New Bridge online newspaper.. Husband to Andrea, father to two dogs. writer.poet.baseball fan. tattooed. He is am amateur theologian with a rabid sweet tooth. He resides in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.He has a poetry book available for Amazon Kindle, and also maintains a blog, FirstBlog. His work has been featured in the Crisis Chronicles, efiction Magazine, The Hellroaring Review, the Bellwether Review, eFiction Humor, and the Rusty Nail. Please visit his profile page for more information. Thanks!











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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

btr, I'm reasonably sure we don't have the same parents, but I'm just as sure that all parents are similar in encouraging physical activity and imagination :-)


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Oh my goodness, do we have the same parents?! Everytime we'd dig in the yard my mother would say, keep going and you'll reach China! So, of course, we kept goingThank you for this fun memory!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks so much, micellanea. I appreciate the feedback!


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miscellanea 4 years ago from Morocco

This is more a story :) and I love it, I love the idea behind it and everything , thx for sharing!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks so much, Summer. I'm glad you enjoyed this!


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SommerDalton 4 years ago

Voted up and everything across the board! Such a great hub!!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks again, Chris, for reading!


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Good one desipient child! (:

What a fun way to remember your naivete' but by jotting it down this way. I enjoyed this one!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

DIMIR, I enjoy your take on this poem. There is always something inherently sad associated with nostalgia though when I wrote this poem, I only had fond memories. I;m glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Kelly, as kitchen knife seems more reasonable then bare hands.

Rebecca, putting the final touches on it now. it's actually going to be called "Digging to China". I'll keep you posted!

Kidsnchocolate, I'm glad you liked this!


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kidsnchocolate 4 years ago from Midwest, United States

Loved this!!!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Oh,how sweet is this. You just are such an awesome Poet PDX.I hope you publish a poetry collection if you have not already?


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Cute PDX- I tried to dig a hole to China once too with a kitchen spoon:) lol.


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DIMIR 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

It is a nice look at childhood and how simple it is, but this poem also felt sad. Like you'd left something behind, and even though you know now you would never have dug through to China, something feels unfinished. I'm also one of those writers that over thinks things, but I love the piece anyway!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Sunnie, I'm glad you enjoyed this. i was pretty adorable ;-)


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

This is adorable! Typical little boys! Loved this!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you, Racin. I had fun with the form of this poem, certainly!


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

what a great way to reminisce childhood memories...and you presented it in a unique way Justin...


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Melovy, that's a great story. I'm actually thinking of titling my poetry collection "Digging to China." I liked the imagery in your comment!

Till, thanks for sharing your story as well. Thanks for the comment and the read!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

How funny memories that are shared across generations. I am older than you (much) and remember trying to dig to China. I always wondered if we got there would the people be upside down? There isn't a small boy alive who can keep his concentration long enough to truly finish a project that he soon loses interest in. You packed all of that into this sweet poem. Voted up.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

What a lovely poem, and like most people who have commented here, it brought back memories for me. Sometimes we used to dig to Australia, other times to America. I remember quite clearly planning to dig a tunnel under the Atlantic, and wondering how long it would take. My first ever published story was called ‘Looking for America.’

Thanks for sharing this poem.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Veronica, that's very funny. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Haha This reminds me of 3 little boys that I seem to follow around, picking up their mess, as they skip from one project to the next. =]

Definitely can relate, both from past experience and present. It's a bit different now, being the one to say "If you keep digging, you may make it to China"! ;)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Nell, I think I'd rather go to Oz then China :-)

Janga, I'm so glad you enjoyed this and that you could relate to this piece. Thanks for commenting!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago

Very nice. I remember doing this as a child as well. I remember always being told “if you dig a hole straight down through the Earth, you’ll end up in China. Interesting. Voting up! And funny also. Thanks for sharing this piece. I can definitely relate to what you wrote.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, I remember trying to dig to Australia! ha ha! I thought if I went down far enough I could just slide through and pop out on bondi beach!

about the link, I think Mickey must have taken it down, as I went through all his hubs! lol! but if you look up any Illuminati hub it should mention it, okay?


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

lol, Debby. That's a funny image. What's interesting is, I don't like being dirty. I really don't. If I was to dig to china now, I would probly use a shovel. Thanks for stopping by!


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Justin. I agree with everyone here. Not only boys tried to dig to China, but us girls also had a pail and shovel. This must have been a communal memory with the images of little children standing on the world picture and different cultural costumes on each child. On the opposite end - US on the north at the top - while the Chinese children were standing upside down at the bottom. We wondered how they didn't fall off due to gravity! Hugs, Debby


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

ha, thanks Carlon. I like being adorable!

Audrey-- sweet. I look forward to following your tweets!


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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

I am following you now on twitter @AudreyHowitt or @divalounger


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Carlon Michelle 5 years ago from USA

OMG - You are adorable as a child and a grown up married man. I love your stories and poems and well this one made my heart smile. SMILE!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

audrey, thank you for tweeting. are u following me on twitter? pdxjprice

chris, indeed, kids have short attention spans.

Thanks for reading and commenting


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chrisam01 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California, USA

Awesome! Voted FUNNY! I remember being a kid and having all kinds of passions but just like kids we move on when the boredom kicks in.


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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

This is really wonderful work--I always vote your work up--but am tweeting it out there as well!!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Fennel, I don't remember being despondent, but I do remember being tired and having very dirty hands :-) Thanks for reading and commenting!

Boomer, thank you. I'm so glad you were able to get that image. That's what i was going for. I certainly miss childhood innocence!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

I loved this! I could so picture two little boys excited about digging their way to China and then moving on to a totally different adventure after lunch. You've totally captured the essence of childhood play in this poem. Voted up across the board.


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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

Oh yes, we did things like this, so full of enthusiasm with big pictures in our minds till the realisation that it just wasn't going to happen then feeling despondant until the next big scheme was hatched. Thanks PDX, great memories, great poem, my votes to you.


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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

Oh yes, we did things like this, so full of enthusiasm with big pictures in our minds till the realisation that it just wasn't going to happen then feeling despondant until the next big scheme was hatched. Thanks PDX, great memories, great poem, my votes to you.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

alicia, thanks for stopping by. It is amazing the dreams we have as children that go away. Luckily the memories don't!


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Your poem is a lovely reminder of childhood, PDXKaraokeGuy. I remember having similar goals at the beach when I was a child, but I was always disappointed that the hole filled in with water.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

yues. and what would happen if we actually got to china? We never seemed to think that far out :-)


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Fullerman5000 5 years ago from Louisiana, USA

I did this tons of times and everytime i got to the clay part, i really thought i was almost there. Ah, the memories of being a kid when life was a simple time.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Rai for stopping by!I think we all have memories like this. It's funny the things that stick in our minds. You should also check out a poem I wrote called Baby Cow, also about a strange memory :-)


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rai2722 5 years ago

Great take on your childhood. I can relate to this.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

chs, i don't know. that's a good question :-)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

thanks for reading


jami l. pereira 5 years ago

This brings back memories , we did the same thing ! and i can tell you that im waaay older than you too! amazing how little things are passed on to little bitty children , i voted this one as high as it would go , thanks for the memory :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Kiru. I can't say much has changed about my attention span :-)


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kirutaye 5 years ago from London, UK

A cool hub. I laughed because it reminded me of my son who gets bored very easily.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

God bless your determination, my friend


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alternate poet 5 years ago

I am the boy who never stopped digging - it took over 50 years but I made it. Now I am here in China and about to marry the Chinese princess that I drew at about the same time that I started digging, very late but better late than never.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

well, i know I didn't :-)


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

I wonder what happened to the hole - did someone fill it in?

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