The bo-peep world of childhood.
Unblinking luminous eyes.
Nobody had learned to worry yet.
Days that stretched out to the horizon.
Happy as clams at high-water.
A lemonade stand.
Marathon games of Monopoly.
Boys played stickball and stoopball,
roasted "mickeys" on the corner lot.
Scooters built out of orange crates
and big sister's rusty roller-skates
painted red, white and blue
for the fourth of July parade.
Girls never tired of playing "potsy"
and hopscotch , invented gleeful ditties
as they jumped rope to the count of infinity.
Hot summer nights they ran for their lives
never wanting to be caught in the game
of ringoleavio, until mother's pleading
calls summoned them home for the night.
Milton P. Ehrlich