Carefree Days

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2, Prompt #247 – “Take Me Back to Chicago”
“If there was any music I could consider the soundtrack of my life, it would be the music of Chicago. When they first came onto the scene, they billed themselves as a “Rock band with horns.” They were a different sound (an acquired taste). They were off the beaten path and they were not afraid to re-invent themselves on many occasions.
From “Color My World” to “Beginnings”, “24 or 6 to 4” to “You’re the Inspiration” (a great piece for a poet to love!), they have been able to make memories with their sound. Two of their other works are “Old Days” and “Take Me Back to Chicago.” These both reminisce about times that were simpler and when values were more… valued.

What do you miss from those times that you would bring back if you could? Deceased family members and friends notwithstanding, what are these days missing in that regard? Something that gave you pleasure. Something you wished you had again. Something that would make you “sing” and give you some peace of mind in this troubled world (no political diatribes, please! We’re not THAT place.)”

Hey Ma!  Good Humor man
is here. Can you throw
down some change (coins
wrapped in a napkin).

Hey Dad! I think I’ve
got the hang of it. Watch
me ride, watch me swim.

Hey Ma! We are taking
the subway downtown
to McCrory’s to buy
records. Next time
I go shopping with you,
it’s black and white
ice cream sodas in
the basement of A&S,
okay? They are sooo

Hey Dad! When is our
building going to
Valley Stream for a
picnic? Love when
you toast those
marshmallows black.

Hey all you caring
neighbors! Thanks
so much for watching
out for us, and letting
us come in any time
we wanted to play.
You will never know
the warmth and security
we felt.

Hey Janis Joplin!
When are you going
to come back to
Forest Hills Stadium?
Best concert I ever saw.

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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