Let’s play a game

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Lego! Lego! Lego! Use that imagination.

Make the sets. Then make something new.

Building. Tearing it down. Laughing. Fun.

Favorite toys become favorites across

the years, and between generations.

Classic figs meeting with new designs.

1970’s astronauts meet the City worker.

Super heroes and regular folk.

Technology! Technology! Technology! iPad or Atari, N64 or Coleco.

Play the games – old ones in monochrome, one dimension.

New ones in HD and stereo sound. What a change to see.

Yet the games become something to build on too.

Toys, and family fun around pigges and flying birds.

Driving cars and virtual bowling on stormy days.

Snow day! Snow day! Snow day! Living the outdoor life.

Farm fun can mean a truck hood, a rope and a quad.

An inner tube behind the gator. Bouncing. Laughing.

Bundle up it’s cold outside. Red cheeks from sliding.

Sore bums from bouncing on frozen mystery bumps.

Dogs and cats, cows and horses watch in wonder.

Krazy Karpets and tubes are timeless, snow a winter treat.

Favorite toys can be anything that brings us joy.

A horse. A dog. Our imagination can run wild with markers.

A game of Sorry can become an interdimensional galactic adventure!

Cards become WAR or a house, maybe even a sound effect.

Riding bikes, riding gators or quads. How about horses.

Our most favorite toys cross the generations.

They are timeless and yet timely.

They return to rise and fall – JENGA!

sTaCk and FaLl – TETRIS!

Read a book, imagine your horse an armored steed.

Ride into battle with cardboard swords.

Dogs loyal companions who speak.

The most important things in life are most often not things, but when those things hold our memories they can be so important!

Mary has us playing with memories and favorite toys for Poetics at dVerse tonight. Stop by, share some memories and have some fun. Β Leave some love and then go play!



  1. brian miller said,

    November 10, 2013 at 3:02 am

    oh i so want a snow day! they say it might be here on tuesday! yay! i am all about sledding…and snow boarding…we have the ramp base ready…come on snow…and we are all about the legos as well…my son was in a lego league competition today…a mix of legos and motors…through the school system…its very cool…lots of fun in this too shanyn

    • shanyns said,

      November 10, 2013 at 3:08 am

      Oh cool, our son would love to do Lego Robotics. How did your son do? Snow days are fun. I had so many things we had fun with as a kid – but outside was a big one! Thanks for coming by.

  2. Ruth said,

    November 10, 2013 at 3:33 am

    i loved lego… but it was more basic back in the day (just like everything else, it seems πŸ˜‰ )

    • shanyns said,

      November 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      It is a common lament in my house – less specialized, more basic – but it is still so much fun! πŸ™‚ Glad you love Lego too!

  3. Glenn Buttkus said,

    November 10, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Really enjoyed the, dare I say it, playfulness in this one, Shanyn. It a free-floating spontaneous sense to it, and it descended on delicious memories of both parenting & childhood. Snow is not my friend here in the NW; too many hills & ignorant drivers.

    • shanyns said,

      November 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      πŸ™‚ Driving in snow with bad drivers is NEVER fun. Tractors, tubes and truck hoods ALWAYS make snow fun! πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed the poem my friend.

  4. Mary said,

    November 10, 2013 at 4:30 am

    I definitely agree that favorite toys cross generations, and they are indeed timeless and always timely. And yes, a favorite toy can be anything that brings us joy. I enjoyed your mention of horses in this poem…pretending to ride them into some kind of battle would be so much fun!!!

    • shanyns said,

      November 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      We were always fighting battles on horseback, it was great fun! Glad you enjoyed the poem.

  5. Susan Chast said,

    November 10, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Riotous energy of play! Play! Snow day! etc. Pleasurable reading.

  6. claudia said,

    November 10, 2013 at 9:28 am

    oh nice…love me some decent snow fun when the world turns white… we don’t get much snow nowadays where i live but used to have lots when i was a kid… loved playing lego as well….the endless possibilities and always being able to invent and re-invent and re-invent..

    • shanyns said,

      November 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      The inventing and reinventing is the most fun for me – what slides, what builds, what is fun for all ages! πŸ™‚

  7. November 10, 2013 at 11:26 am

    This sounds like a rich life I always wanted for kids… and with that the old games merge with the new.. and yes snow is the best of toys.. (I still enjoy it)… maybe being shut out of nature is what really makes the new games the only thing….

    • shanyns said,

      November 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      πŸ™‚ I was outside in the chilly morning snow feeding the cows with the dogs – it was pretty and peaceful. So glad you enjoyed my poem.

  8. Grace said,

    November 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    How fun for those snow days ~ Enjoyed this one Shanyn ~

  9. November 11, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    This poem is beautiful and wow!!!

    Excellent writing. πŸ™‚

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