"Take Me Back"

Lord I wanna go back, to some simpler times,
when a scoop of ice cream, cost only a dime.
When you could buy candy, for just a penny,
and cheeks of my fanny were really skinny.

I want to have time, for a front porch swing,
and try to slot nickles, just to get me a ring.
Like maybe a walk, in the park, with some friends,
or discover a bow, after pouring down rain.

A time when kid’s played, with marbles and jax,
and liked to leap frogs, by jumping your back.
Let me have moments, to search through the clouds,
for those mean ugly lions and tigers that growl.

I wanna go back to when families, all ate at the table,
then snuggled at sundown, to laugh and read fables.
When kids in pajama’s, gathered close in the evening,
to hear scary stories, that would start them to screaming.

I’d like to watch movies, while at drive in theaters,
and fall sound asleep, on our drive home much later.
To again know the comfort, of dad’s arms carrying me,
as lay in his clasp, while my minds fast asleep.

I wanna play hop scotch, with my sisters and brothers,
and feel those warm hugs, as mom tucks me in covers.
To again hear the laughter, of my sweet parents at play,
and smell mom’s dinner cooking, at the end of each day.

I’d like to go back, to when dad’s prayed on their knees,
and their children were taught, how to say pretty please.
When kid’s wouldn’t think, of talking back to their mother’s,
nor steal from their neighbors, in the night under cover.

Lord, I wanna go back, to those simpler times,
when my worries were few and life seem to be fine.
A time when our families, use to spend time together,
and talk to each other, about more than the weather!

Written By: Barbara A. Carlan 5/8/2009

"Take Me Back"


Lawrenceville, United States

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I was a child of the 50’s, when life wasn’t nearly so complex as it seems today. This poem is about a time in our culture that slipped away much too quickly in my mind. Along with it went the love and priorty of family life too. A great and devastating loss to to all in America

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