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On Frozen Pond

Caleb Smith's “Echoes of the Heart” has inspired me to recall those halcyon days long ago on the frozen ponds of my youth.

It was hockey from early morn to the darkening shades of late afternoon with only a short break for a quickly devoured Campbell's Vegetable Soup for lunch. My closest friend was Ken. You very rarely saw one of us without the other, we were inseparable. Our hockey sticks were battered and thin and only bore a slight resemblance to hockey sticks we got each year for Christmas. The pond was a wide frozen body of water beside a well traveled highway to the distant land called the United States. But in our minds it was The Montreal Forum filled with screaming fans cheering on our every move. We would take turns being the great Maurice “The Rocket” Richard while the other would be all-star goalie Jacques Plante! It could have been minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit but we never felt the cold and icy winds... we were superstars.

On a few occasions I have revisited that hallowed ground where we spent hour upon hour, oblivious to time, our faces frozen as well as our ears and our toes! The cheering of the imaginary crowds was all the inspiration we needed to fire a blistering shot through the imaginary pads each other was wearing. At the end of the day, we literally had to crawl home on our hands and knees, our ankles no longer being able to support our tired legs. 

Those sweet memories have stayed with me for a lifetime. I'm sure with my last breath of life, the vision of Ken and me will flash before my eyes. Ah yes, hockey, it was what young Canadian boys lived for back then!

© Jack Ellison 2013

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  1. Date: 3/28/2013 11:27:00 PM
    Ohh, thanks for sharing that, Jack. What a sweet memory. I am sure you will never forget that. Make me think of what memorable moments I do have. Awesome!

    Ellison Avatar Jack Ellison
    Date: 3/29/2013 6:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks once again my dear Toquyen for your sweet words! Big big hugs, Jack xox
  1. Date: 3/28/2013 9:26:00 PM
    This is awesome to see another side of you Jack...loved it....Donna

    Ellison Avatar Jack Ellison
    Date: 3/29/2013 6:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yup... another side very unfamiliar to me! Methinks I'll get back to my quatrains real quick! LOL
  1. Date: 3/28/2013 4:57:00 PM
    It is good to have happy memories of long ago and be able to share them with someone. I never understood the game. At work - they had a pull and we bet money. I won a lot of the times. Have a Happy Easter. Lucilla

    Ellison Avatar Jack Ellison
    Date: 3/29/2013 6:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Doesn't matter that weren't a hockey fan, it made you lots of moolah, eh! Happy Easter dear friend! xoxox
  1. Date: 3/28/2013 8:36:00 AM
    I was an animal freak and book worm... I dreamt of riding my Aunts horses... and when I was 21 got two of my own... One I bought and one given to me when someone got laid off from work... Best years of my life wandering around the river trails near my home while I was in college. One of them lived to be 32 1/2 years old.

    Ellison Avatar Jack Ellison
    Date: 3/28/2013 8:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    We all have these sweet memories of our youth! Heart tugging to look back... sad those moments will never be again! Only rode a horse once when I was just a young 'un! The thrill of it still lingers! Love your story Carol! xox
  1. Date: 3/28/2013 6:06:00 AM
    Jack, I'm honored that something I wrote inspired this wonderful piece. It was easy for me to see myself out there on the ice with you guys. Thanks alot, I enjoyed it.

    Ellison Avatar Jack Ellison
    Date: 3/28/2013 6:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You have inspired my my good friend... may try more of these! I was a baseball nut as well! In fact, I attended the very first home game of the Montreal Royals in 1946 with my Dad! Guess who was playing 2nd base... yup! Jackie Robinson!!! He met the challenge head on back then... my very first sports hero!
  1. Date: 3/28/2013 6:05:00 AM
    Thank you for this inspiring prose of two boys that love hockey so much they lived and breathed it each day! I was never a hockey player, I was the baseball player in my time...and I was quite bad at it, but I bet you were a pretty good hockey player when you were young! I would have loved to see the passion in your eyes for the sport, that's always a pleasure to see...passion for anything in life, no matter what it is! You prose is wonderful my friend, I loved reading it today! Great Work!!

    Ellison Avatar Jack Ellison
    Date: 3/28/2013 6:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Stepped out of my comfort zone after reading Caleb Smith's "Echoes Of The Heart"! It is therapeutic going back and reliving those sweet moments of our youth! Thanks Russell!