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Childhood Memories: Three Poems

Updated on March 6, 2018
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A lifelong reader & writer, Liz writes poetry; articles on this, & other sites; & playing with words. She also enjoys movies & reviewing.

The Hands That Sculpt The Mud

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.

About These Poems

All of them were originally written between 1991 and 1992; they are snapshots of memories from my early childhood.

Bits and snatches are sometimes all we need to reconstruct the full memory of more carefree times.

© 2010 Liz Elias


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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