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Influence of the Ages

Updated on June 27, 2017

Roy and Trigger galloping by, Gene and all the boys

Tarzan called throughout the ages, having jungle toys

Wild Bill and Jingles rode the range, was just for good

The stooges were so crazy, to be like them if we could

Those old Gunslingers and sheriffs always squaring off

After one was shot, kind words said, then all hats to doff

Wearing chaps and cowboy boots, all guns hanging low

Wasn't considered so violent then, was in fun us to know

Saturday mornings were a favorite time, all us kids agreed

More fun than a barrel of monkeys, everything we did read

No morals then were said to be so bad, just kids having fun

Back at the end of World WarTwo, as Korea had just begun

Playing army or climbing trees pretended were all aeroplanes

Wading all day in muddy puddles, staying outside in the rains

Being tough and so rough enough, learning how life was to be

Riding bikes, such little tikes, going on an apple picking spree.

Enrolling in scouts and fishing on the creek every day

Skinny dipping, jumping from ropes, all was in our play

Running races at school, playing sports, each to scram

Being prepared for a coming skirmish, wasn't any sham

No sissies found in our midst just hard-nosed little guys

When we fell down or broke an arm, no one ever cries

On a football field we all earned our praise, it had to be

Eating dirt and scraping elbows, a winning game to see

Kids grew strong growing up hunting in the outdoors

Working hard on the farm, or doing their jobs in stores

When was time to join the rest, to fight for Uncle Sam

Their upbringing was the best, showed up in Vietnam

Then came Afghanistan, the Middle East and much more

Boys grew to men in every way, on many a foreign shore

Not pansies were hardened soldiers, each tough as nails

Those times so violent growing up, when its need prevails.

a time and place for everything under heaven...
a time and place for everything under heaven...


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    • whonunuwho profile image

      whonunuwho 7 months ago from United States

      Yes, we should be so proud that we were blessed so much in our younger years. Up to us to bring some of it back. Blessings. whonu

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      Shauna L Bowling 7 months ago from Central Florida

      We grew up in a good era. You don't see today's kids climbing trees, riding bikes, roller skating, walking to the park or creek and using imagination as the tool of entertainment. Sadly, it's no longer safe to do those things we did as kids. Glad we got it in while we could!

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      Tamara Moore 9 months ago

      Lassie, Brady Bunch, Wonder Women, Little House on The Prairie, MASH... Nice remembrances! Thank you!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 9 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      A most creative poem. It was a great time when kids could grow up using their imagination. Love the photos.

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      whonunuwho 9 months ago from United States

      Michael when we were kids there were not many changes in our life styles even though we were a million miles away. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings to all. whonu

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      Michael-Milec 9 months ago

      Panoramic presentation of an influential culture on the N American Continent. Growing up "ages ago" on the other side of the pond all of it wasn't popularized over there during the WW2 period of time. (What do I know, anyway ?)

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      whonunuwho 9 months ago from United States

      Right on my friend. Blessings. whonu

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      Peggy Woods 9 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I can definitely relate to those early days of growing up in the 1950s. Tarzan, Rin Tin Tin, Lassie, Howdy Doody, The Lone Ranger, I Love Lucy, The Ed Sullivan Show and so many more television shows like that lurk happily in my memory.

      We could play outside without fear of being kidnapped and climbing trees was a favorite way to pass time.

      Both of my brothers were in Vietnam.

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      Deborah Demander 9 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Great poem. It brings me back to the good old days! When kids played outside and didn't have to fear everything. And weren't spoiled by electronic gadgets.

      Thanks for writing.