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The toys of days gone


There was toys I cherished
and those I trashed.
Toys that brought me fun
and those I remember most.

A train set with tracks,
a locomotive powered with batteries,
passenger coaches, and a caboose,
much fun long after the batteries ran down.

A bright red toy race car
shaped like a rocket
and pointed at the rear
racing on wheels when given a push.

The blue grand baby piano
with black and white keys
played simple music notes
kept little fingers busy.

A wooden machine gun
resting on a metal bipod
a gadget like grinder
making the rat-a-tat-tat sound.

My compendium of six games
checkers, snakes and ladders with dice and tokens
Chinese Checkers, ludo, etc.
throw the dice and move your token.

Tea sets or kitchen sets
role-playing game kits of pretend
doctor sets or construction sets
to play a grown up at work.

Bows and arrows with rubber bung
pistols in holsters with sheriff’s badge
As painted Red Indians on the warpath
and Cowboys with Stetson hats, guns drawn.

I didn’t have many toys
or expensive one,
but I had much fun
playing with those toys.

Would you pay for an old toy
which once upon a time you played with.
These are now classic collectibles
the toys of days gone.

By C.E. Pereira



I'm a Eurasian of Portuguese, English, Scottish and Malay heritage. And my extended family are of Chinese and Indian heritage. In recent years, the younger generation have added on to include spouses from the Philippines, Nigeria and Russia. My world is made up of different colours like the rainbow. And like the rainbow I am unique. Reading is my form of relaxation, to escape from the drudgery of daily life and enter into a world of the imagination. It is the love of reading that has led me to try my hand in writing short stories and poems. I hope that in some way my stories and poems will take you for a little while away from the drudgery of the present into the pages of imagination. To new friends found, I bid you, Welcome. Sincerely, C.E. Pereira

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