James Bredin

Rookie (1933 / Ennis Canada)

Back Then.... Dec 20th,2013 - Poem by James Bredin


My old buddies from the sixties have all moved far away,
To some small Ontario towns where they are happy to stay,
They have been replaced by immigrants from everywhere in the world,
Quite a radical social change though no one seems too disturbed.

I worked hard in the sixties, day and night in Toronto’s Don Mills,
Drove an old big rust-bucket car and could hardly pay my bills,
Only the elite had snow tires back then and only on the back,
But we had tire studs for a while which kept us all on track.

But the studs made little holes in the road so they were banned,
Though sometimes I still think that those little studs were grand,
And back then, I always thought that politicians were on our side,
But nowadays we tolerate their scandals and go along for the ride.

DEC 20TH,2013

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Poem Submitted: Friday, December 20, 2013

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