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Below is the poem entitled HOPE which was written by poet Ron Lanier. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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We had wringers on our washing machines, 
And four dialed numbers made telephones ring.
Transistor radios with only AM, 
Vineal records to play, and you could stack them.
And, Hope entertained during our wars.

We had Jack Benny, and Rochester too,
Uncle Miltie, and Captain Kangaroo, 
Milk in glass bottles brought right to our door,
With red paper caps you took off to pour.
And Hope entertained our troops.

We had prayer in school, and devotions each day.
In the pledge to our flag, “under God” we’d say.
We respected leaders, and our  teachers obeyed,
Went out at night without being afraid,
And Hope entertained at our wars.

Before CD’s and Ipods, we had stereo.
Drive Inn movies were the place then to go.
We drove our Fords, and Chevrolets,
And Desoto was popular back in those days.
We had Hope entertaining our troops.

TV’s had small screens in black and white. 
The entire family watched the shows at night.
Life was very uncomplicated then, 
Girls became ladies and boys became men.
And Hope entertained at our wars. 

From our own back yards we saw sputnik fly.
We had hula hoops, and played “I Spy”,
“Kick the Can”, and “Hide and go Seek”. 
Home made ice cream , back then, was a treat.
And Hope entertained at our wars.

Back then kids rode in the front seat of cars. 
Our moms canned stuff in glass mason jars.
We rode bikes without the protection of helmets. 
Never heard of acid in rain, or other elements,
And Hope entertained at our wars. 

We were so lucky to have lived in those days
With Bob and his funny entertaining ways.
“Thanks For the Memories”, we’ll never forget,
We will always remember without regret
Bob Hope entertained at our wars.                                                        

R J L 

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  1. Date: 1/26/2011 4:03:00 AM
    wow this is right up my street i love rhyme and you have a mastery of it here really liked this peice it flows well the grammer and content are very good and well done on being featured my friend keep writing

  1. Date: 1/25/2011 10:22:00 AM
    Yep! You be a dude from my own time. I agree, as I ride in the rumble seat of an old model A, many years ago. Congrats on the selection. Vince Suzedale will love this one. Dave

  1. Date: 1/25/2011 7:20:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured here at PoetrySoup this week Ron. May you have many more featured. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/23/2011 4:35:00 PM
    Congrats on your featured poem this week on the Soup.. a great one to share with luv..

  1. Date: 1/12/2011 4:36:00 PM
    Awesome. Don't forget Bing and the Road movies, the Thin Man, the church picnics, the FAN buses, the class trips, Bob Hope was a symbol of patriotism at its finest. Vince

  1. Date: 12/15/2010 10:51:00 PM
    Smiled at this one with its uncomplicated ways, lovely pictures painted and a priceless piece of history recorded to share forever... Love the echoing of Hope throughout despite the wars, always upbeat and optimistic despite circumstance. Life so very different back then, and yet not so very long ago - we should be counting our blessings! Great write, welcome to soup-think you will fit here perfectly. You can blog here too but I've not got that far yet! Be good to see published detail there.

  1. Date: 12/13/2010 12:02:00 PM
    I would like to welcome you to PoetrySoup Ron. Wishing you the best in your writing endeavors. You can look to the left side of the main page and find lots of information on PoetrySoup including contests by members of PoetrySoup and contests by the PoetrySoup site also. Love, Carol