Friday, May 22, 2009

The Teeter-Totter - In Memoriam

The weather has been unseasonably cool (or at least not so hot that you want to put ice in your bra) for this past week, so we have been getting out and exploring some new parks. Parks have definitely changed since I was a kid. Some changes are good. After all, I will never lament the demise of the metal slide. As a kid, nothing sucked worse than seeing that tall, shiny slide mocking you, daring you to climb the ladder and expose the back of your legs to third degree burns for the thrill of fastest descent known to man.

Still, today's parks are nothing like the parks of my childhood. For one thing, there is all that infernal plastic. Everything is plastic, even the faux wood playscapes. I miss the parks that allowed us to get hurt and learn a thing or two. One of the things I miss the most, though, is the teeter-totter. When did the Safety Gods decide to ban teeter-totters? and more importantly, why?

So here is my ode to the teeter-totter - in memoriam

The Teeter-Totter

See Saw, Marjorie Daw,
we sang and giggled and laughed.
Up and down, and up and down
as the days of our childhood slipped past.

We would take turns holding the other to the sky
and tell all the secrets of the day,
then it was up and down, and up and down
'till all too quickly our youth flew away.

Remember lifting your feet so you landed hard
and your partner nearly bumped off her seat?
Up and down, and up and down,
now it's your turn. Try to stand on your feet.

Where did it go? Why did it leave?
Our playmate, our childhood, our youth?
With all the ups and downs and ups and downs,
about life, the teeter-totter taught us the truth.


1 comment:

  1. I also feel a little wistful and irritated about how super "safe" everything is now... and I love your poem!

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