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Like It Was Yesterday

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Like It Was Yesterday

I remember fish sticks for Friday night dinners
And having phones mounted on the wall
And when calling my parents to come pick me up
Hearing the operator ask, “Do you accept this call”

I remember cartoons on Saturday mornings
And TV shows in black and white
I remember staying outside all day to play
Until blanketed by the dark of night

I remember wearing high-tops – the Converse All-Star kind
And having to put on a tie for school
I remember that bottle spinning round and round
And when it stopped – what we would do

I remember my brother’s red Mustang
The first car I would learn to drive
I remember the angry end of my father’s belt
Having been caught in another lie

I remember ice-skating on St. Leonard’s pond
And on summer nights sneaking into the pool
I remember gagging on that cigar puff
Trying to pretend I was really cool

I remember playing baseball with right field out of play
Because we didn’t have enough for two full teams
I remember at camp doing a panty raid
And laughing at the girl's frantic screams

I remember tear drops forming in my eyes
The day my brother went away to college
I remember agonizing over asking her out
But not being equipped with the ask-out knowledge

I remember wearing the cap and gown
As “Pomp and Circumstances” they played
And, even though this happened a lifetime ago
I remember like it was yesterday

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  1. Date: 1/14/2014 9:58:00 AM
    Wonderful wonderful memories and a beautiful way to share them Joe. Simply lovely.

  1. Date: 1/14/2014 12:43:00 AM
    this is fantastic, Joe. I love seeing these kinds of poems. Such nostalgia. Mine are sometimes quite different from yours but I have a lot of these same memories as well.

  1. Date: 1/13/2014 9:17:00 PM
    you've captured those memories so well! i thoroughly enjoyed this trip down memory lane with you...

  1. Date: 1/13/2014 7:42:00 PM
    We must similar in age, I remember all of the above. I was born in 1961. I totally enjoyed your poem, thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  1. Date: 1/13/2014 4:38:00 PM
    I remember likel it was yesterday too.I can so relate to your poem.Sweet nostalgia!!! Lovely!!!