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The Tin Bath Childhood Memory

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The Tin Bath Childhood Memory

..~~Childhood Memory~~.. None of us could swim, from the river we were banned Not allowed near the water without an adult holding a hand When the adults were busy we went to play Of course to the river our thoughts oft did stray. A tin bath we found much to our delight It would make a good boat so try it we might. We were not allowed swimsuits as none of us could swim So it was down to our birthday suits then we jumped in. We took it in turns to sail in the bath We didn’t think then of our parent’s fears or wrath My brother decided a new game to play Who could capsize the bath best - and still get away? What fun playing in the hours of illicit gaming. Capsizing and spitting out water with no complaining. All went well until I tipped the bath near the drinking tree root They sucked up and grabbed the bath for a hoot. I turned the bath over and fell from inside The tree roots clawed at me from the surface trying to hide The fingers of the tree reached for me, holding and pinning me tight The air from my lungs all gone - I never thought I would see the light. A gasp as air rushed in, I could breath, I could see And there were my friends and siblings all clapping at me I had put on a good "act" of drowning they said I had not the heart to tell them I thought I was dead. We rubbed ourselves down with our clothes and dressed quick All crossing our hearts, we would never tell our trick I remember so well the dark grasping water back then I learnt to swim quick before I went there again.

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  1. Date: 4/22/2012 8:10:00 AM
    Wow Mandy here we go again, in to the wonderful world called childhood, reading this i lived every word you wrote. my p.c been off line for an age. now all fixed and back on line to see this gem. harry

  1. Date: 4/19/2012 6:34:00 AM
    The sun is shining bright here this morning in Ohio and I am enjoying reading some very interesting and excellent writing. So happy to see yours among the ones I am able to read this fine day before I get busy. Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for sharing your poetry with us Mandy. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/19/2012 12:58:00 AM
    Excellent poem,i enjoyed this.

  1. Date: 4/18/2012 3:01:00 PM
    riveting piece with all that water and action.. lovely piece, mandy; great storyteller you are!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 4/18/2012 3:00:00 PM
    Enjoyed your poem,well told! ;0) xoxo - Laila

  1. Date: 4/18/2012 2:36:00 PM
    well, at least it got you into learning how to swim. A harrowing event well told, Mandy!

  1. Date: 4/18/2012 1:11:00 PM
    Nice story - my daughter liked a big Igloo cooler to "swim" in.............George

  1. Date: 4/18/2012 12:52:00 PM
    scary write, my friend. glad you learnt how to swim after that. many congrats on your wins

  1. Date: 4/18/2012 12:13:00 PM
    a great story, well told! nice one!

  1. Date: 4/18/2012 11:21:00 AM
    A delightful story of coming of age, thanks for sharing Mandy, I loved this, hugs vie

  1. Date: 4/18/2012 10:59:00 AM
    Beautiful write ~GG~ I enjoyed it so much...reminds me of childhood so well...wonderful job...thanks for your kindness and encouragemnet...good luck in the contest , big hugs, love deb

  1. Date: 4/18/2012 10:14:00 AM
    I really really enjoyed this!! It was warm and I felt as if I was there with you. It also brought back memories..thx for sharing.