Times of Youth.

Memories stirred in me

Of times in my youth,

Where time had no meaning

Except to others.

Up to the pub I went,

Drank some beer,

Threw some darts,

Played some cards.

Then ten minutes before closing

The bell would go,

The landlord would shout

“Last orders please.”

At eleven o’clock

The bell would go again

With the call of

“Time gentlemen please.”

We then had just ten minutes

To finish our pints.

I would walk home

Where my parents would greet me.

Whoa betide me though

If my timing was wrong.

If I got home before eleven

Mum would say to me,

“Your early, are you alright?”

Or it I got in after twenty passed

She would say to me,

“Your late! Where have you been?”


Then there were the times

When I went out with girls

And time just passed by so swiftly,

But the end of the evening would come.

And I am sure my Mum believed me

About the number of times

My watch stopped,

During those glorious times,

Those glorious times of my youth.


  • orchidee

    Ah yes, that was mediaeval pubs for us two, remembering fine days!

    • Goldfinch60

      True Orchi, fine days indeed.


    • L. B. Mek

      still, my friend -your watch will stop again, lost within nature's embrace or one of life's quickly forgotten wonder's,
      still, we must yearn to squeeze every last drop from that bitter fruit, we call life...
      simple words, reflecting on tender memories have that effect letting your readers delve and lose themselves, awash in similarly cherished scenes of their own recalled memories
      a wonderful write!

      • Goldfinch60

        Thank you so much LB for your wonderful words. It is s true that we must enjoy every moment of our lives, they will not happen again.


      • Fay Slimm.

        Memory supplies those time again whenever we need them dear Andy - a finely crafted write.

        • Goldfinch60

          Thank you Fay, memories are so important for our well-being.


        • MendedFences27

          Yeah! and "Amen!" "Glorious times" indeed. I'm sure half the world sees themselves in this quiet remembrance. Thank you for posting. It brought back a lot of memories for me too. Thanks - Phil A.

          • Goldfinch60

            Thank you Phil, so glad it brought back memories for you as well.


          • FineB

            Hi Andy,

            A great ✍ write. I remember the years of my twenties and thirties seemed to me an eternity.

            I turned 40 one day and the years seem to go faster.

            Keep writing ✍ and safe during these challenging times.

            • Goldfinch60

              Thank you FB, time seems to go quicker the older you get and at my age it seems to flash by but I still enjoy every moment.


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