Thursday, January 12, 2012

St. Pauli Girl


The arrowheads that I hunted as a child are gone.
Dug up,
plowed under,
paved over.

Today, kids scavenge through wet leaves
discarded Frito bags,
and the occasional used condom
("Is this a balloon?")
for bottle caps.

"Look, Mom!  I found a St. Pauli Girl!"

The American childhood just ain't what it used to be.

Fiction in 55 for my G-Man

I interviewed Coal Black at Real Toads today.  Don't miss it!

28 comments:

ayala said...

No it's not.... cool write!

coalblack said...

so...did i impress the interviewer or no?

moondustwriter said...

I guess its become the search for the final frontier...

Happy 2012 MZ

Brian Miller said...

no it certainly is not...ewww...i hope no one tried to blow that up...

hedgewitch said...

Civilization would be a lot better if it didn't have so many people in it. Everything is temporary. Great 55, MZ, and a great interview at toads of the elusive,Garbo-like coal black--well, or something.

Margaret said...

... we used to look for half used cigarettes. I'm serious. Arrow heads seem like a lot more fun now.

Loved this 55!

Daydreamertoo said...

Fings ain't what they used to be. ewww... Nice 55 :)

Sylvia K said...

There isn't much of anything that's like it was! Great piece for the day!

Sylvia

G-Man said...

Time warp to speed to 2089....

ANTIQUES ROAD SHOW:
And whats your name?
'Baby Puppy'.
What do you have here?
'It's my turn of the century Bottle Cap collection'!!
OMG...There are only TWO of these that still survive! The other belongs to the Estate of some Fat Hoarder from Flint Michigan.
Do you have any Idea of it's value?
'Well I got it appraised in 2045, and they said it was worth about 10 Billion Dollars'!
Well Baby Puppy, in today's MKT. I estimate it's value to be about 100 Billion Dollars!!!
Really? OMG! Really? Really?

It Could Happen!!!

Loved your 55, thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Teresa said...

I realize almost every day how old I am when I am working with junior high students. I wonder what will be amazing finds from our current times...

Christine said...

ha, you never know what will be of value one day, I spent hours in an archaeology class years ago discussing turn of the century glass bottles, did I say hours

Dhemz said...

nice one! great composition...:)

Claudia said...

ugh...true that... funny that you know st. pauli over in the states...have been there in hamburg..sad place in all the partying..

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

Oh, well. Beats having them step on pop-tops, which was the hazard of my own childhood. Still, makes you wonder when they know their beers so young.

Fred said...

This is an exceptional illustration of "oh how the times they have a' changed" The (is this a balloon) line is classic. Great piece here. I used to hunt for arrowheads as a kid too. Think I may still have some somewhere too.

MorningAJ said...

I guess there worse things they could find (though not many).

Great 55.
My 55 are here.

mylittlewordz said...

A classic commentary on modern society...
At least they were out looking for things and not stuck indoors in front og the computer!
Great write, Mama.

Jamie

anthonynorth said...

No, neither is the British. Great write.

Brendan said...

Well, they were probably looking for doubloons back when, turning eventually to arrowheads and then bottle caps. What next? G3 cellphones? TV sets? Books? So the devolving march continues. - Brendan

Dave King said...

It's a sentiment that's very common, one I used myself occasionally to bemoan the passing of the years, but the occasion for it that you have chosen is something new to me. I'd no idea!
As always the clarity of your verse s crystalline.

manicddaily said...

Ha! Well, we would have also been quite impressed by found condoms (among the arrowheads.) K.

izzy said...

Wow ! love it - a great snapshot thanks!

Raven said...

Ugh. We took my daughter to the train park and there were little "balloons" in sever places. Luckily she didn't ask.

And I have to tell her no when she wants to go play outside while I'm cooking dinner because I don't know if someone will take off with her while I'm not looking.

No, childhood just isn't what it used to be.

Awesome write as always.

TALON said...

Yes, the type of materials left behind nowadays is often shocking and disgusting.

Awesome 55, Mama Zen.

Lightverse said...

I think I just felt my age! Brilliant!

happygirl said...

Nuts, I could have done a 55. This was a good one. It made me recall my childhood and picking up pop-tops to make a chain. :)

Buddah Moskowitz said...

A perfect scene. Thanks.

Doctor FTSE said...

Your link works just fine. Love your 55. We used to scavenge pop bottles left on the terraces after the football matches by folk who couldn't be bothered to return them for the penny deposit. Those days are long gone.