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On the Junkheap

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On the Junkheap

Long before Nintendo or Atari were invented,
At birthday time you bugged your folks and maybe they relented
And added to your toys a game you’d coveted, I’d bet:
A marvel made of solid wood, a real Nok-Hockey set!

The game was table-sized, although you’d play it on the floor.
No matter if you won or lost, you always wanted more.
Your wooden stick hit wooden puck and aimed it like a rocket;
The object was to sink it into your opponent’s pocket.

It’s kind of retro now, I guess, or maybe just passé.
It’s not the type of game that modern children like to play;
And that is why the set I saw did not evoke a smile,
‘Cause there it was just sitting on a curbside junkheap pile.

It’s sad to reminisce when all those remnants from the past
Remind us how the years have disappeared so very fast;
And all those things we valued once when we were young and brash,
Just like that cool Nok-Hockey set, get thrown out with the trash.

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  1. Date: 11/15/2012 4:01:00 PM

    I love how you take one simple little thing like this in your day and turn it into a gem. Let's play hockey!

  1. Date: 11/14/2012 10:23:00 AM

    Wonder if this game is part of a collection in a toy museum. Enjoyed reading this poem.

  1. Date: 11/14/2012 7:03:00 AM

    Wow, I loved the way you were able to share this great but some what sad story with such great meter and rhyme. That was awesome.

  1. Date: 11/14/2012 3:05:00 AM

    Not exactly what the kids want for Christmas present today ... A nice poem Ilene. - -Have a enjoyable day. -oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 11/13/2012 11:10:00 PM

    how nice to come upon this one tonight. You know what? My daughter found a cool table game set that converts to four different games and this is one of them. My grandson and I love playing this one together, so it does live on!!