Bill Smith

Rookie - 100 Points (4-3-55)

And Yes - Poem by Bill Smith

And yes I was that boy
So long so long ago
And yes I was that boy
So much I didn't know
Yet my first love is with me still
His yellow jumper tattered
The years have been most unkind
He lies abused and battered

I see him now fingers burnt
Electric fire I think?
How did that little boy
Run fast towards the sink
To save that Monkey from the pain
Innocent was I
How old, I hear you ask
Too young was I to cry

To cry for things not understood
But old enough to care
Reacquainted now and again
I find him here and there
Stuffed in a box of memories
Upon a dusty shelf
He takes me back to a time
I was less concerned with self
I hold his hand, his stitched up legs
His half dog bitten ear
And now that I know better
I shed that distant tear

For days gone by for memories passed
For the simple life back where
I'd sit upon the bottom step
After slipping every stair
'room on top' I used to cry
Bus conductor I
My ticket machine clicking round
A sparkle in my eye

No name can I recall
Bestowed upon the Chimp
Five years old remembering now
With kerbside induced limp
The Monkeys hung above
Woolworth's island counters
All polished wood with sectioned glass
Sat'day morning encounters
Plastic Cowboys their Indian foe
Some on horses riding
Should you stray from mother's side
Your bum would get a hiding
Forgotten now
Arm aloft, not unlike the Monkey
The swinging stinging hand
Would leave a mark till' Sunday

How many times over the years
Has the Monkey brought a smile
How many times aimed for the bin
To be saved by 'stay a while'
Not much remains if owt' at all
Of days spent in awe
When little things now common place
Would cause a dropp of jaw
The Chimps hung myriad
They came in many sizes
Income dictated small for me
Yet the greatest of all prizes
Maybe now the time has come
As my own life slows to end
To name that time worn Monkey
I shall simply call him… Friend

Comments about And Yes by Bill Smith

  • (2/10/2008 11:45:00 PM)

    wonderful bill, reflective (Report) Reply

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  • (1/4/2008 5:38:00 AM)

    Brilliant. Keep the monkey as long as you can. (Report) Reply

  • (1/15/2006 6:54:00 PM)

    Sweet rememberance, thanks to the child within Bill. 10 from Tai (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 15, 2006

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