Penelope’s Poems

April 15, 2009

Child of the fifties

Filed under: poetry — penelopephoebe @ 11:55 am

Child of the fifties

Hopscotch on the paving
Crumpets by the fire
Hoopla hoops and chicken coops
And singing in the choir
Climbing trees
And barking knees
And playing jacks ‘till late
Treasure chests and robin’s nests
And swinging on the gate
Snowman in the garden
Snow fights on the lawn
Ringlet locks and grubby socks
And waking up at dawn
Tadpoles in a jam jar
Cress on flannelette
Fireworks and baking perks
And wonderful chemistry set
Donkeys at the seaside
Brass band in the park
Sunday roast and buttered toast
Childhood was a lark



  1. Lovely poem. I used to love the game of Jacks… Not played it for years. Can you still buy them?

    Comment by Auntie Jane — April 15, 2009 @ 1:15 pm | Reply

  2. Ya know, the whole happy 50’s thing always bugs me cause it was a facade, and Im reading this thinking about the other side of that story and then your last line nails me and I smiled…

    Dig it.

    Comment by bindo — April 15, 2009 @ 4:05 pm | Reply

  3. What isn’t a facade? I like to think that we are blessed with brighter memories because to only be given reality would make it all too harsh. I played jacks and had roller skates that required a key…

    Comment by Jake — April 15, 2009 @ 10:10 pm | Reply

  4. simply fantastic. so very fifty.

    Comment by trisha — April 16, 2009 @ 12:18 pm | Reply

  5. wish i were a child then

    Comment by iamcoffeefueled — May 26, 2009 @ 12:02 am | Reply

  6. Yeah! Then we all grew up and have to be reminded by poems like this awesome one, that life was awesome at some point! Maybe I am just jaded… or maybe life has just had a lot to say. Thanks Pen. Were you born in the 50’s!! Jx

    Comment by Jodine Derena Butler — June 5, 2010 @ 5:39 am | Reply

  7. Word Press has nice clean look.
    No Guest Book? I brought along a pic? LOL
    Big Smiles
    Sending Happy Thoughts for a Happy Planet

    Comment by Happy Flower — June 9, 2010 @ 1:53 am | Reply

  8. cute and lovely one,
    the innocence in a child is unbeatable!

    Comment by Jingle — September 21, 2010 @ 1:59 pm | Reply

    • Cheers Jingle

      Comment by penelopephoebe — September 21, 2010 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

  9. really cool one 😀

    Comment by wiserskydiver — September 21, 2010 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

    • Thanx for that, Wiserskydriver.

      Comment by penelopephoebe — September 22, 2010 @ 4:34 am | Reply

  10. This is soooo cute! Your writing style flows beautifully and you let us all in on your childhoods little secrets! Wonderful!

    Comment by amanda — September 21, 2010 @ 11:26 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Amanda. I’m probably showing my age with this one.

      Comment by penelopephoebe — September 22, 2010 @ 4:36 am | Reply

  11. Awww… when nostalgia strikes, all else seems so unimportant.. 🙂
    Such a beautiful and sweet poem…
    Childhood is childhood …always LOVELY!! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this childlike and innocent poem with poetry potluck…it was a real treat!!!

    Comment by Kavita — September 22, 2010 @ 7:02 pm | Reply

    • Thanx, Kavita.

      Comment by penelopephoebe — September 22, 2010 @ 7:27 pm | Reply

  12. Yes well I remember nearly all of those, so that blows away my Peter Pan appearance with a flashing pan, and before you say, Noooooooo, I don’t remember those Pistols and Muskets (Blimey I didn’t mean the 1750’s you know? lol) Another fine piece of poetry my wicked friend… I enjoyed reading that one, you should add copyrights to your work and discourage anyone taking them… Some peeps do that you know? I had a story taken whilst on WLS and it ended up on one of those Swinger websites… lol That is where I tracked it to… Still it did give me a giggle over that one… Have a funtastic evening Penny…

    Androgoth XXx

    Comment by andro51 — November 16, 2010 @ 9:54 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for the advice, Andro.

      Comment by penelopephoebe — November 17, 2010 @ 7:53 am | Reply

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