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Poetry By: attanasio

Tags: Toy, Shopping, Toys, R, Us, Humor

My first trip in a long time to a toy store!

Submitted:Nov 20, 2013    Reads: 53    Comments: 5    Likes: 5   

One simple joy of childhood was playing all day long

Enjoy it while it lasts, just a dozen years until it's gone

Swords made of sticks while trash can lids were shields

Spending hours just playing 'hide and seek' in the fields


These were simple times and the rules were very few

Be home when the street lights came on, we all knew

Almost all my toys would fit in a large cardboard box

We could spend hours, just looking at some rocks


Recently I visited a store called 'Toys R Us' to shop

A quick look around the place made me want to stop

Aisles packed with mothers pushing carts of stuff

Every cart was loaded with toys; parenting is tough


Give a name and get a pre-selected shopping list, so nice

Complete with description, upc, isle number and price

I examined a few prices just to see what toys now cost

This was a new experience for me and I was totally lost


I recognized brand names that are as timeless as the stars

Battleship, Barbie, Pokemon, My little Pony and model cars

Thirty kinds of My Lil Ponies, and Barbie from short to tall

This massive store was packed with toys from wall to wall


Even with a printed list, the items were hard to find

The dizzying selection drove me out of my mind

I found an item on the list and read the fine print

The writing was very small, causing me to squint


Batteries included, I was relieved to see on the box

Then I read the next line and held on to my socks

For demonstration purposes only, I also read

What exactly does that mean I started to dread


I found a seasoned mother, who I trusted to ask

She shook her head at me and said as she laughed

"They are fake batteries you take to a battery store

So they sell you the right ones that you're looking for


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