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Those were the days

... right?   † †
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When we stayed up half the night † † † † †
yet managed to wake every morning † † † † †
without alarm clock assistance † † † † †
under an armed guard escort † † † † †
to the promise of adventure! † † † † †
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or boredom † † † † †  
that could simply be alleviated † † † † †
with a boardgame † † † † †
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or a soccer competition in the yard † † † † †
complete with garbage cans as goals † † † † †
and ball stuffed with actual socks
because ... poverty + imagination † † † † †
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There were so many things † † † † †
to look forward to, but † † † † †
none so much as Sun Days! † † † † †
seven days a week † † † † †
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---the creekbed calling for bare † † † † †
feet among minnows n crawdads † † † † †
... n leeches ... eek! † † † † †
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---a pond of sunfish, bullhead † † † † †
and bluegill beckoning hooks; † † † † †
catfishing wasn't an issue † † † † †
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---neighbor farmer's toolshed † † † † †
wallpapered with bushy haired † † † † †
centerfolds to go ogle at † † † † †
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---what trolls you encountered † † † † †
were easily banished from the realm † † † † †
with a +3 Dwarven War Hammer † † † † †
and rollings of sacred geometric dice † † † † †
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And then alomg came this † † † † †
and that desktop device † † † † †
replacing the bulk of our † † † † †
bulkier electronic gadgets † † † † †
---record players, boom boxes, † † † † †
Coleco Visions, Ataris † † † † †
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until likewise kicked to the curb † † † † †  
were PC monitors and televsions † † † † †
for Thursday trash pickup--- † † † † †
weighed fucktons, I tell ya † † † † †
FUCKTONS † † † † †  
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Machines: PacMan, Galaga, Asteroids ... † † † † †
the arcades you peddled a bicycle † † † † †
eight miles to, spending an entire day † †  
guzzling sodas and binging on junk food † † † † †
with peers, † † † † †  
† † †† † † † † † † † †followed in the footsteps of † † † † †
dinosaurs † † † † †
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Now you can bowl a three-hundred † † † † †
or golf in your living room † †  
during family gatherings † † † † †
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~ sigh ~ † † † † †
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It's just not the same † † † † †
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Though, I'm not complaining † † † † †
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I've gained the best companion EVER † † † † †  
online through a handheld contraption † † † † †
and I wouldn't trade that experience † † † † †
or her for ANYTHING or ANYONE † † † † †
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but WHAT I wouldn't give to relive † † † † †  
some of that old time rock n roll † † † † †
with her while swapping the first of many † † † † †
a cigarette we would later regret † † † † †
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or monkeying around climbing a tree † † † † †
so high, we were too terrified to descend † † † † †
our way back to Earth † † † † †
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And then there was that time † † † † †
I walked naked through a hayfield † † † † †
swarming with fireflies . . . . . † † † † †
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I miss Mother Nature † † † † †
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and physical connectivity† † † † †
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But mostly, I think † † † † †  
living in my imagination † † † † †
after all these years † † † † †
in this modern techno era † † † † †
already socially distanced † † † † †
in so many ways before † † † † †  
the Covid-19 affliction † † † † †
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I long to be human again † † † † †
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JohnnyBlaze
Written by JohnnyBlaze
Published | Edited 6th Sep 2020
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