Childhood, A Picnic

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Picnic


Breakfast in the Open by Carl Larsson, 1919

Summer gathered neighbors for a ride
out to Valley Stream, Long Island
carrying bulging baskets of food,
coolers chunked with ice and canned
sodas. Moms brought salads and tubs
of cut fruit. Dads dared
to cook. We spent our time exploring
the woods, balancing on logs
to cross a stream, and making up
silly stories. Late afternoon
was my favorite time. Marshmallows
tumbled out of bags. We impaled
them on sticks, and roasted over fire.
I liked mine charred. Not as much fun,
after the sun went down, packing up
all our belongings, leftovers, blankets,
and trash. Time to go home.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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10 Responses to Childhood, A Picnic

  1. Susan Chast says:

    Love those impaled marshmallows! You truly bring me there.


  2. Sumana Roy says:

    “Dads dared / to cook.” that’s what picnics are about…only fun…

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  3. oldegg says:

    What a beautiful nostalgic write this is and I expect so many readers will relate to those days long past.

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  4. Jae Rose says:

    The passing of a day is almost like the passing of childhood itself – but at least it is still there in memory and feeling..such warmth and contentment oozes through your words

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  5. Sherry Marr says:

    It sounds lovely. I have not been to enough picnics in my life……nothing better than charred marshmallows over a fire…….

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  6. After a picnic and marshmallow impaling, going home is so anti-climactic!

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  7. says:

    those were the days

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  8. uvr2002 says:

    fun description of a lovely picnic… like the closing lines!

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