Prized – #NaPoWriMo20 – Day 17

#NaPoWriMo 2020, Childhood, Other Poetry Add comments

Howdy do!


Today, I challenge you to write a poem that features forgotten technology

Whispered the NaPoWriMo site to the poetic part of my brain….


I won it in a competition,

Got my picture in the paper

Grinning; with my hands clutched around the unopened box.

I suddenly had a source of isolation

In others’ words

(And from them…)


I could wander with song!


My Grandfather introduced me to the lyrics of Queen,

His neat capitals

On a black and beige cassette;

A gesture I really appreciated

Despite the sarky comment:



Someone had obviously tested

That my prize worked:

A Chris De Burgh tape

Was nestled within.


Grandad approved of him, too.


So: I went for many a walk, man!

Dancing in public was always a risk…

Maybe more smiling than grinning?! 1987, 9 years old, (I’m the one in the middle) having drawn a “house of the future” that was also a rocket. Mum said it was my descriptions of it that swung the deal 😉

Do you have a gadget that you remember fondly from your childhood? Please tell me about it in the comments, or link to your NaPo offering for Day 17. I’d love to read it!


Big hugs, stay safe, and off we go to Day 18!


Monty X



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