70s Teenagers

We knew how to be kids in the 70s,
Playing outside every day,
We made our fun with what we had,
Skip rope, pogo stick, stilts even climbing a tree,
We had no fear, if you got hurt you got up and carried on,
No running to mum.

Our mates lived down the street or nearby,
Not online miles away,
We would meet up and chat face to face,
Not like today kids chat on the laptop,
In the 70s there where no computers, play station or handheld games,
We watched the tv read a book or played a game.

The telephone was attached to the wall, no moving around,
Privacy was a no no on your call,
The tv had three channels  BBC 1, 2 and itv,
If you was lucky enough to have a tv,
Most had a black and white, if you had money it was a coloured one.

Central heating was a coal fire downstairs,
Been brave running down to get dresses,
Or under the ..... blankets upstairs,
Frost on the inside windows boy it was cold,
I really dont miss that part of it at all.

Respect for your elders was a big thing,
It was mr and mrs or aunty and uncle,
If you misbehaved it was "wait till your father gets home",
Now I would carry on with out consequence,
Life was so much more simple in the 70s,

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Memories of being a teenager in the mid to late 70s

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Written on 2020

Submitted by Alwaysskint on September 05, 2021

Modified on April 13, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,148
Words 236
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 5, 5, 5

Tracy Mcfayden

I'm 56 single mum to two 20+ lads. I used to craft and make jewellery but due to rheumatoid arthritis I had to stop. In 2020 when i was forced to stay home due to being immunosuppressive I was bored. One night having flash backs about the day I had to put my dog to sleep I started getting all these thoughts so wrote it down and it became my first freestyle poem and those words still come. I have my book simple poetry waiting to be published as an ebook on kobo and I am nearly finished with my second one simply poetry. I love horror movies especially zombie, I also believe in the spirit world and used to read tarot cards. I love dogs and have a Jack Russell called butch. more…

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  • Soulwriter
    I can hear your voice in these words. A different world back then...
    LikeReply2 years ago
    • Alwaysskint
      definitely was. There was so much more freedom and kids tended to be healthier to. Now so much we did then has been stopped due to health and safety and being PC.
      LikeReply 22 years ago


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