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A Trilogy of Memory Lane

Updated on August 18, 2010

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


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    Liz Elias 7 years ago from Oakley, CA

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

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    Candice Collins 7 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...

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    Liz Elias 7 years ago from Oakley, CA

    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

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    Wayne Brown 7 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