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Through the Long Closed Window of Before.

Updated on May 12, 2022
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Artist, actor, poet, teacher, songwriter & actor with 4,000 poems & almost 1,000 songs written, performed recorded & published on line.

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Through The Long Closed Windows Of Before.

Hopscotch, chalk dust 
still colors the winds of time
as sing-song, jump rope ditties 
echo in tiny leaps and twirls
where all the pretty girls hopped 
now blurred softly in my memories
My youth played hide and seek
but was never found long after 
the cries of free 
became a prisoner of the past.
The smells of bubble gum 
and bologna sandwiches still lingers 
deep in my nostrils flaring 
from endless school bus rides
All the giggles and hiccups
fake farts, squeals and sighs 
in breathy sopranos between seats 
play a melody in my yester-ear.
Bubbles that never broke...
blown years ago still hold
shimmering dreams of the 
what ifs that became whatever's
A tattered old teddy bear 
still looking bewildered
at where I've gone 
lies staring out 
from some landfill pocket 
deep beneath yesterday's 
treasures compiled.
Bike rides still thrill me 
with the rush of wind
the unpedaled free falls 
and the swoop...swoop..
of the front wheel 
in wide arcs dancing before me.
Playing house was easier 
when it was only make-believe
and mud pies tasted a whole 
lot better then crow.
Snowflakes were edible delights, 
falling prey to waiting 
tongues extended, each pink nub
hoping for a frosty taste.
Raindrops made 
puddle-licous stages
where bare footing 
Fred and Ginger Juniors 
danced lightly across 
rainbow-tinted oil slick waters.
Cowboys and Indians or
cops and robbers ran rampant
in make believe assaults
through our peaceful neigborhood
We were always told to come 
in from our playing times
when the streetlights went on
so the bolder ones of us 
broke the ones near our houses
with rocks and Moms would 
peek out and find them still off
as we romped far beyond 
childhood deadlines.
I have not run into many
of the kids I grew up with
I don't know where 
they could have gone
but I miss them all
so very much from back when....
Memories were much fresher
then these stale recollections
and the cobwebbed moments of joy 
that now lie squatting in 
the cupboard of my mind.

© 2009 Matthew Frederick Blowers III


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