Memories Of Old

Memories Of Old long poem

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Memories of old, flooding
fast through my mind,
some tinged with sadness
and some, sweet sublime.

A fireside reverie shared
with eyes so bright,
an audience of innocence
and excited delight.

The crackling logs
on the fires of time,
little rapt faces as
you feed them a line.

Of storms and lightning,
days on the run,
footy and fighting,
laughter and fun.

Flying a kite that
you made on your own
out of bin bags and tape
and canes tied and bowed.

Building dams in the brook,
fighting fast flowing water
with rocks and wood
and shouts of pure laughter.

Till finally plugged
and the waters rise,
deeper and wider
before delighted eyes.

Then comes the challenge,
“Who can burst the dam?”
No touching allowed,
just throw what you can.

Bricks and sticks
and boulders and all,
sploshing and splashing
they uselessly fall.

But the water’s still rising
and there’s panic in our eyes,
it’ll soon reach the road,
“Better run for our lives!”

But wait, what is this,
could this do the trick?
As long as a gate post
and three times as thick.

We wrestle and heave
as we drag it uphill,
pushing and pulling
and testing our will.

Till finally atop and
we let out a sigh,
this might just work,
“We’ll give it a try”.

Straining and grunting
and chuckling with glee
as we swing it between us,

With a whoosh and a crack
our dam is no more
as the post breaks its back
and we’re laughing on the floor.

Written by Darren Scanlon, March 2011.
This revised version written, 27th March 2015.

This poem is part of the Poetry Book “Positively Poetic – Volume 2

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ALL POEMS ©2015 DARREN SCANLON. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. * Words and music have always played a major role in my life. A life without being able to enjoy music and express in words would be, for me, empty and cold.I have been writing since age 16, some 30+ years now but have only recently started publishing my works. Since doing so in Dec 2013, I have published 4 novels and 5 volumes of poetry, (available on words are my life. If they touch you in any way, if you are able to take something from them, then my work has achieved its goal and I am a happy man.Welcome to my world. Darren.
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Deepak Janardhan

Brilliant imagery!

I could visualize every single line, which renders me incapable of choosing my favorite one.

syariza amira

hello there. it is such a brilliant poem! actually , i would like to ask for your permission to display your poem in my web page for my school project entitled the childhood memories. i would not even change a single word you have written and will still put your name as the writer of this poem . is it okay for you Mr Darren Scanlon ? i would give the link of my web page after ive completed it . Thank you for you kindness and cooperation 🙂

john Garrett
john Garrett

I am writing a book and would like permission to quote some lines from your “Memories of Old.” It will be published in the coming months. You and your poem will be properly credited. The poem is a classic-very touching! If you agree, please email me because I may not find this link again.


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