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Kari thinks life is a miraculous thing. As we get older we get smarter, and find out how little we know. An oxymoron? Maybe.

Have you ever missed the way things were?

Have you ever missed the way things were?

“how sad and bad and mad it was - but then, how it was sweet.”

— Robert Browning

Milkman got glass bottles,

making the milk box clink

Out on the stoop.

Wakes me in a blink.

I want dinner,

so I’m going to the butcher.

Getting me a roast,

for the slow-cooker.

8-track playing,

speakers in the trunk.

Lynard Skynard

and all that junk.

This show sucks,

someone change the channel.

Get up yourself

(wish we had cable).

Mama says I need

to be home for dinner.

I make it just in time,

With my new shiner.

Having a good time

drinking soda pop,

Spinning bottle caps

and making one hop.

I need to get that coffee,

I can almost reach.

“Can you hang on?

The cord won’t stretch.”

Driving in my car,

wondering why

they bother to put

seat-belts inside.

I wonder how my

pictures look.

In two weeks

I’ll find out

Gotta call my friend,

but I hate their number.

3 freaking zero’s means

dialing takes forever.

A dial telephone

A dial telephone

Must be midnight.

Nothing's on the tube.

Just that color bar

And the white noise.

Kitchen sink’s stopped up,

need to find a plumber.

Looking through the phone book

to get me a number.

Can you stop home?

Gotta make a call.

There is no public phone

in sight at all.

I wonder how my

pictures look.

In two weeks

I’ll find out.

“Have you ever wondered how nostalgia isn't what it used to be?”

— Jasper Fforde in “First Among Sequels”

© 2020 Kari Poulsen


Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on February 29, 2020:

Thanks Brenda!!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 28, 2020:


I shared this one. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=118923...

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on February 25, 2020:

Peggy, I remember changing typewriter ribbons. How about fixing a mistake? So many times I had to retype the entire document. Typing has come a long way!!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 24, 2020:

I can relate to so much of this! The glass milk bottles were delivered, and the empty ones returned. My parents first had a party line when I was young. Dial phones were the norm back in the good old days, as were typewriters. Those electric typewriters were an improvement over the manual ones. Remember changing typewriter ribbons? The days before clothes dryers existed had us hanging clothes out on the line to dry. Oh...so many old memories! Ha!

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on January 04, 2020:

Shannon, I remember the days before Google. I had to know the answers when my children asked questions. When they were older, I would tell them "Google it". I agree, the kids will never understand.

Shannon Henry from Texas on January 03, 2020:

Your poem is fantastic. So many things of the past that my kids will never understand. The other day, my youngest child saw a meme that said something about being older than Google so he said, "You're older than Google, Mama!" and then my daughter, who will be 13 this month, was astounded as she realized that it's true. LOL

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on January 03, 2020:

Linda, I agree about the loss of the public phone. Now when you find one it only works less than half the time.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on January 03, 2020:

Dora, I'm so glad you liked it. It is amusing to think back about the familiar annoyances we had day-to-day.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 02, 2020:

I remember some of the things that you describe! I think the loss of public phones is sad. Not everyone has a cell phone. I still see some public phones, but they are getting very hard to find.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 02, 2020:

Thanks for the opportunity to look back and laugh at what used to be, also to weigh the advantages of changes we have made. Really unique, funny and real!

A B Williams from Central Florida on January 02, 2020:

Lol...so true, maybe the longer cord just gave me the impression that I had some privacy. :)

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on January 02, 2020:

FlourishAnyway, Isn't it funny how we will sit and reminisce about things we may not necessarily miss? It is still fun, even when at the time it was annoying.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on January 02, 2020:

Verlie, Thank you! I bet you could sell that painting also, I think many people would think that it was quaint.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on January 02, 2020:

Brenda, That is another I missed, having an antenna TV. All you had to do is turn it on and it played all 12 channels. Much simpler, I sometimes miss that.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on January 02, 2020:

Thank you Doris! I remember Avon. Do you remember switching from black and white tv to color tv? I forgot to include that one.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on January 02, 2020:

A B WILLIAMS, I think we switched our cord from that little one to the 20 footer when my sisters and I became teenagers. It was impossible to have private conversations even with the 20 footer.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 02, 2020:

This made me smile and brought back the memories! My husband and I were just talking about some of these things the other day.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on January 02, 2020:

Kari you nailed nostalgia. The dial phone and the film camera and mailing a letter to a friend. I have a painting of a dial phone still life I painted in art class x number of years ago that is starting to regain (my) interest as a historical document.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 01, 2020:


I love the style you used to write this poem.

Yes, I can remember all the moments you have here. Guess I must be aging.

I watched a video the other day of kids trying to dial an old style phone. I couldn't believe it was so difficult for them to figure out.

Give me back my 8 track...pay phones and the days tv was simpler.

Great write.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on January 01, 2020:

Kari, this poem is ingenious! Loved it and relived every moment of my past life, LOL except that I had to go to the neighbors to use their phone. After I married and moved out, my mom started selling Avon (Avon Calling, remember that?) so she had the phone put in herself despite tightwad daddy's protests. Have a great 2020!

A B Williams from Central Florida on January 01, 2020:

Awww...you are bringing back some great memories Kari! Thanks.

I remember my Dad switching out the annoying phone cord for a longer one, so that I could reach another room and have a little privacy.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on January 01, 2020:

Thank you, Donna. I'm very happy you like it. I hope 2020 begins a fabulous decade for you!

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on January 01, 2020:

Louise, Thank you! I remember when there were only dial phones. I hope you have a wonderful time in 2020.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on January 01, 2020:

Thank you, Bill. It is fun to look at the ways we used to do things. And the phone cords! Always in knots and never long enough. I hope you find 2020 to be a magnificent year.

Donna Rayne from Greenwood, Indiana on January 01, 2020:

Oh, what are darling, happy poem! You did an awesome write on point and it was fun!



Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on January 01, 2020:

That's a lovely poem about nostalgia. I used to have a telephone like that years ago. I loved it!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 01, 2020:

When I was five we still had a party line, and my grandfather had an old Ford you had to crank the engine....serious nostalgia. :) And I hated those twisty cords on phones...they always got tangled. lol Happy New Year!

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