Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge – Old Bits of Wood

Inspired by and written for Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge – thank you GC and Sue

In the days when health and safety wasn’t even a thing, when as kids we did crazy-assed things, got battered and grazed, and oooh we are still here, building carts that had no brakes or real steering was the bees – here goes

Old Bits of Wood
Form: Envelope Sestet

Those old bits of wood hidden in the shed
We had plans to put them to better use
Drawn out on scrap paper stained with spilt juice
Summer holidays no lazing in bed
We hunted for hammers and nails instead
Those old bits of wood hidden in the shed
Packing some sandwiches out on a trip
No swimsuits, no towels inside our bags
Just a bundle of old torn greasy rags
As we headed out for the rubbish tip
While some mates dragged through a rusty old skip
Packing some sandwiches out on a trip
And in those adventures we found some wheels
One from an old pushchair, one from a trike
A broken pedal car what’s not to like
Not one wheel looked the same and all were steals
This ain’t about style but how freedom feels
And in those adventures we found some wheels
We put it together, found some old rope
Tied to the front wheels to act as a guide
And then it was ready for the first ride
So we set out to a nearby hill slope
Not standing a chance and even less hope
We put it together, found some old rope
Pulling at cut straws to see who would drive
Mike got on board and so off he went
It wasn’t long before the wheels were bent
He crashed and we called out ‘are you alive’
Those homemade carts just how did we survive
Pulling at cut straws to see who would drive

©JezzieGFarmer2022

9 thoughts on “Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge – Old Bits of Wood

  1. My brother and his mates had go carts made from pram wheels. I wonder where they found the wheels?
    I love your poem Jez and I thank you for bringing back childhood memories 🙂

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    1. From what I remember wheels came from anywhere we could find them, I have a vague memory of finding an old Silvercross pram in the woods near where we lived – that got stripped for parts – it was fun. Glad you enjoyed it.

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