Rate this poem:(0.00 / 0 votes)


Douglas H. Mc Clintock 1934 (Sarnia, Ontario)

The good old days were so much better,
Ask any old senior and he will surely say
One word in his life, he was never a debtor,
Cash on the barrel was the only way to pay.

When men wore a felt fedora and not a baseball cap,
Ladies wore skirts and dresses and even nylons,
Men's suspenders to keep up your pants, with no pretense,
Women used garter belts to keep them from sagging .

When a man was head of the house
And a housewife was glad to be that,
The man was the breadwinner to make it work
The lady was content to stay home with the cat.

The dad wore pants in the family as was the style,
The mom always wore dresses and a blouse to match.
Everything done was kept up and in the meanwhile
Cakes, cookies, tarts and pies were made from scratch.

Sunday was strictly a day of rest,
No gas stations or any store was allowed to open,
It was a day to go to church well dressed,
A special day to be somewhat serious and not working.

And every Sunday something special came to my corner,
The Salvation Army band played in front of my house
At the corner of Mitton and Mara,
Those times were very good, etched in memory forever !

So what is the rest of the story ?
Although old times are great to think about
Make the best of today and not be sorry
To have lived an old life, just ordinary, never a standout.

About this poem

From the song - Yesterday Yesterday, all my troubles seem so far away Now it looks as though they are here to stay, Oh, I believe in yesterday !

Font size:

Written on July 28, 2021

Submitted by Mcclintock on July 28, 2021

1:17 min read

Discuss this Douglas H. Mc Clintock poem with the community:



    Find a translation for this poem in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this poem to your bibliography:


    "Yesterday" Poetry.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 20 Oct. 2021. <https://www.poetry.com/poem/105913/yesterday>.

    Become a member!

    Join our community of poets and poetry lovers to share your work and offer feedback and encouragement to writers all over the world!

    More poems by

    Douglas H. Mc Clintock


    Browse Poetry.com


    Are you a poetry master?

    What is the longest Old English poem?
    • A. Soul and Body
    • B. The Fates of the Apostles
    • C. Elene
    • D. Beowulf

    Our favorite collection of

    Famous Poets