The Good Old Days

“I Wish I Was Your Age Again”

In The Good Old Days

“In the good old days,”

The old man said,

“Oh, I remember it well.

Life moved slow

This I know,

And women spoiled their men.

Kids wandered and played

Farther away,

Without any dangers considered.

Discipline was a smack,

Kid’s didn’t talk back.

They respected their elders back then.

Overseas wars were fought,

But scarce raised a thought.

The world seemed much bigger back then.

Distractions were few,

TV was new.

Families spent more time together.

There were no computers,

Fewer commuters.

More people worked on the land.

“Fast food” not a term yet,

Except on a jet,

And very few people obese.

We all played a sport,

On a field or a court.

We didn’t need hours in the gym.

Teens went to the drive-in

In trunks smuggled in.

Some watched the movie, more smooched.

Those were the years,”

He held back the tears,

“Oh, I wish I was your age again.”

 

by John Hansen © 2014

John Hansen

Long time poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure.

After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com.Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction.

I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning British singer Tally Koren.

I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials.

It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems.

I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

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John Hansen

Long time poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

3 thoughts on “The Good Old Days

  • December 4, 2017 at 2:11 AM
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    Sadly true, and I wonder if we wouldn’t be better off without the technology; it seemed a far more safe and pleasant place to live when I was a kid. Not inundated with the latest gadgets, video games, and computers, we made do with cardboard boxes, bits of nailed wood and an endless imagination. Well penned and poignant, John.

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    • December 4, 2017 at 5:03 AM
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      Thank you, Tony. Yes, things have certainly changed since I was a kid. It almost seems like a different world.

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  • December 4, 2017 at 3:07 AM
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    Fast food was only on a jet – I love it! Such a great piece, John, that brings back so many wonderful memories. Well done.

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