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In The Good Old Days (A Poem About Reminiscing)

John is a freelance writer, ghost-writer, storyteller, and poet. He always tries to include a message or social commentary in his writing


Life goes so quickly and everything changes so fast. Before we know it, we are middle aged, then even quicker elderly. You look back on your life, and some things seemed like they occurred only yesterday. "What happened to the good old days?" you ask.


In The Good Old Days

"In the good old days,"

The old man said,

"Oh, I remember it well.

Life moved slow

This I know,

And women spoiled their men.

Kids wandered and played

Farther away,

Without any dangers considered.

Discipline was a smack,

Kid's didn't talk back.

They respected their elders back then.

Overseas wars were fought,

But scarce raised a thought.

The world seemed much bigger back then.

Distractions were few,

TV was new.

Families spent more time together.

There were no computers,

Fewer commuters.

More people worked on the land.

"Fast food" not a term yet,

Except on a jet,

And very few people obese.

We all played a sport,

On a field or a court.

We didn't need hours in the gym.

Teens went to the drive-in

In trunks smuggled in.

Some watched the movie, more smooched.

Those were the years,"

He held back the tears,

"Oh, I wish I was your age again."


Questions & Answers

Question: Can you do a poem called “now days”?

Answer: Yes, I could. I have written a lot of poems about the current times but none with that title.

© 2014 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 31, 2019:

Tiyasha, thank you for your comment that supports the theme of my poem. Yes, times were simpler then.

Tiyasha Maitra from Gurgaon on December 31, 2019:

Simpler times. I think my generation was one of the last few to enjoy outdoor advents and fewer houses had cable television. Video games were a luxury for the rich. As a result childhood was simpler with more hands on experience. Kids were way more respectful and innocent. In my parents' time things were even better and sober. But gone are those days.

A lovely account John. Enjoyed it very much

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 29, 2019:

Thank you Brenda. Cheers.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 29, 2019:

Yes...the good ole days.

No fast lanes back then...quite refreshing.

Good read.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 29, 2019:

Thank you for revisiting this poem, MsDora. Bless you.

MsDora on October 29, 2019:

Enjoyed this again. Wonderful and nostalgic!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 20, 2018:

Haha Anthony.

Anthony kwaku frimpong on November 20, 2018:

hmmm the old guy was a faster

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 16, 2018:

Thank you Ridges. They used to have like and share buttons here but they got rid of them saying they were underutilized.

Roshena from Baguio City, Philippines on July 16, 2018:

I like this poem :)

I really hate it that there are no heart or like buttons here in hub pages. .❤

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 01, 2016:

Hello Bella, thanks for stopping by to read this. I am glad it gave you an insight into what "the good old days" were like. Have a great day.

Annabella on March 01, 2016:

This poem really windowed a personal and more real view on how things were before. I felt the essence of the 'Good old days' and it was a much more simple, and arguably a much more prefered life back then. I have grown up in this day and age without knowing what it was like for the older generations, but this gave me a good insight on how it was.

Thank you :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 07, 2015:

Hi Peg, you are right. Things change with every generation who look back and reminiss about "the good old days" when they were young and things were better. Thanks for reading. Cheers.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on October 07, 2015:

Valid sentiments about the way things have gone over the years. I seem to spend a good deal of time remembering the way things once were, much like my parents who did the same as we grew up. Life is certainly different than it was when we were younger. Great poem.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 21, 2014:

Thanks for you kind words Ann. I am glad you can relate to the things mentioned by the old gentleman. We always like our own "good old days" best.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 21, 2014:

Thanks Paula, I often do that too.

Ann Hinds from So Cal on September 21, 2014:

The poem is wonderful. Had me nodding my head yes to all. I feel sorry for my grandson who will never understand what freedom really is. And...I love the picture of the older gentleman and the remark about the security cameras. Every generation has a good old days. I just think mine might have been the best.

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on September 21, 2014:

Had me singing in my head about the good old days. :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 19, 2014:

Yes, everything about the good old days wasn't good Monis Mas, but if there is something present that we don't like we find something from the old days to compare it unfavourably with. They always look better looking back.

Agnes on March 19, 2014:

The good old days. I remember them, and mention very often. Then sometimes I think how they were not really so good for me... Grass is always greener, you know...

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 16, 2014:

Thanks for your interesting comment Ann as always. Yes we had a lot of freedom too as kids. We could be out all day exploring the rainforest near home etc, as long as we were home by dinner time my parents were happy.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 16, 2014:

Life was much simpler but probably harder for many. However, we had what we could afford and we ate 'proper' food, that's for sure.

I had lots of freedom to roam during the 50s & 60s and my mum stayed at home to look after me and my dad. What's the saying? - 'If only I could be young again, knowing what I know now!'

Great poem as always. Love the rhythm, the humour and the social comment. Ann

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 14, 2014:

Thank you ubanijiioke for your insightful comment. You are right things were better in the good old days before the world was getting out of control.

Alexander Thandi Ubani from Lagos on March 14, 2014:

very fitting caption and words befittingly well worded.

The Good-old-days is our dream now that the New-doomed-days have turned bleak with all its predictions turning our world upside down. The-Good-old-days were far more better than what we have now.

Good job, sire.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 14, 2014:

Hi Eddy, thanks for reading and voting up. Glad you enjoyed it.

Eiddwen from Wales on March 14, 2014:

Wonderful Jodah I really enjoyed this one and voted up.


Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 13, 2014:

Oh yes the good old days were really good!! Great poem.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 13, 2014:

Thanks for that kind comment Pamela. I often think back on how things were, and just decided to write a poem about it.

Hey Alicia, you are right. If we could combine the best of the past and the present the world would be a better place. Some of the old ways are gradually returning so that's good. But looking back, I don't know how I got by without a computer...lol.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 13, 2014:

This is an interesting reminder of the way things used to be, Jodah. Modern life and technology certainly have their advantages, but we've lost some valuable aspects of our earlier lifestyles. It would be wonderful if the best parts of each era could be combined.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 13, 2014:

Love this poem and it is so true. Things are so different now than when I grew up and you wrote a beautiful poem that tells this tale.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 13, 2014:

Thank you Jackie, I'm so glad you enjoy reading my hubs, and that Judd's song is a good one isn't it?

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on March 13, 2014:

Beautiful John and I listened to the song all the way through, just love it. Always a fun visit on your hubs! ^+

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 13, 2014:

Klidstone, good to see you. Glad this poem gave you a smile and brought back some pleasant memories. Thanks for the kind comment.

இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу from Niagara Region, Canada on March 13, 2014:

John, this was really wonderful. I must tell you that I grinned ear to ear. How true is this! Thank you for the trip down memory lane.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 13, 2014:

Thanks for reading Wayne. Yes, I remember that Cheech and Chong scene I think. I have smuggled people into the drive-in myself...lol.

Wayne Barrett from Clearwater Florida on March 13, 2014:

Thanks for giving me a moment to reminisce.

I was reminded of the Cheech and Chong skit where they went to the drive in with people in the trunk. those were the days.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 13, 2014:

@ Eric, thanks Buddy, I thought that last pic was too funny not to use.

@ Faith, Glad this poem took you back to the good old days and you liked the song. Thanks for reading.

@ Phyllis, thanks for your delightful comment. It's nice to relive our memories. Glad you like the song and the $1 man too.

@ always exploring, haha, a funny vote is good. You are right, I can't remember any overweight kids either. Thanks for reading.

@ Joelle, great to see your comment. Yes that man certainly has his life and experience etched in every line. Have a good day too.

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on March 13, 2014:

Great poem, John! And I love the picture at the top. The face of that gentleman have known the good old days; you can read it in each line of his face! You can read that that person had good laughs, serious conversations and probably even cried!

Thanks for sharing! Have a nice day!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 13, 2014:

HaHa, I had to click funny. ( too many security cameras ) I remember the good ole days. Time was slow and each day was filled with activities. I don't remember an obese child anywhere. Loved this look back...

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on March 13, 2014:

Jodah, I really enjoyed your poem, the sentiment, the photos -- I love that poster of the old man going to the store with 1$ -- the Judds song is perfect for this hub. Very nice, Jodah, and well done. You bring back some great memories here.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on March 13, 2014:

What a delightful poem to take us back to those good ole days for sure! It was nice revisiting them through your poetry ... sigh

I just love that song by The Judds too!

Have a lovely day,

Faith Reaper

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 13, 2014:

I am still laughing at the last photo -- perfect.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 13, 2014:

Hey dragonfly, my pleasure. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

Thanks Bill. Haha, and I thought it was a self portrait. Glad it took you back to your teen years, I too could handle that, especially knowing what I do now.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 13, 2014:

Great comment Harishprasad which even adds more to this hub. Yes it is a hectic fast paced world now. So much has changed. In most cases both the husband and wife now work and have little time together and for the children. We need to sit back and appreciate life, relax and forget the stresses sometimes. Life was much slower in the good old days.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 13, 2014:

I saw that first picture and was curious how you got a picture of me. LOL

I would like to be a teen again; sure had fun back then. :)

Nice look back; loved the underlying message as always.

dragonflycolor on March 13, 2014:

Great way to start the morning! Thanks, Jodah!

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on March 13, 2014:

What is life for if not for spending and enjoying together. Laughing together, sharing jokes and thoughts and experiences. Above all, having fun together. No doubt, we should strive hard and try to reach great heights with all glory and wonder but if we are not left with a little bit of time spared for our loved ones, what is the use of this great gift or life ? In the good old days, these sentiments were used to be taken care of with all wisdom and there was always great beauty in living our lives. Yes, this beauty of life is to be lived in these hectic days also without losing our sanity in this very very mad world ! A lovely poem with a great message to all of us stuck in a life-sucking existence. Voted up.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 13, 2014:

Thanks for reading and your wonderful comment Flourish. A few people have been saying they aren't getting the share option. I wonder if it's only on my hubs.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 13, 2014:

I loved your retrospective. Great poem -- true words. Voted up. I wanted to share it, but oddly that option is not showing for me right now? I'll be back later to do so.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 13, 2014:

Thanks for reading Shauna. Everything has certain changed hasn't it? Not all good.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 13, 2014:

I remember those good old days, Jodah. Life was simple and morals were in place. My how things have changed!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 13, 2014:

Thanks for your generous comment Frank, yep those were the days.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 13, 2014:

Thanks for reading Ghaelach. I know poetry's not really your thing, so I appreciate your kind comments. Glad it brought back some memories and glad you liked the song too. Have a good day.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on March 13, 2014:

those were the good ole days... a chicken in every pot... great poem.. love the starter pic..

Ghaelach on March 13, 2014:

Morning John.

What can I say. This is incredible piece you've written, and the memories are still running around inside my head.

Lovely song from the Judd's, which reminds me of times with my grandad over in Ireland.

Think I'll be having a quiet day, as I wander back to MY good old days.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 13, 2014:

Thank you MsDora for wonderful comments. We can be happy with how we are, but great to look back and reminisce.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 13, 2014:

Beautiful, Jodah. Those good old days, but I still like the age I am. Poems like this give the opportunity for a pleasant revisit.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 13, 2014:

haha Graham, how could I forget to mention the sausages, and they were cheaper too. Thanks for reading.

Graham Lee from Lancashire. England. on March 13, 2014:

Hi Jodah. Very good hub here! I enjoyed it, you forgot to mention that there was more meat in the sausages as well! :-) lol.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 13, 2014:

Thanks for being the first to comment DDE. Yes I think life was much simpler then.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 13, 2014:

An incredible thought here. The past was the best the much affordable lifestyles and so different to now. What a life it must have been got me thinking of how my parents lived life was much simpler and easier.

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