Just Pretend

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Have you ever sailed across dry land,
With a wooden leg and a hook for a hand?
All dressed in red, with a patch on your eye
And a crew of thugs who could say, "Aye, aye?"

Have you ever played such a game, my friend,
On a pirate ship made of Just Pretend?
Did you ever go on a long, long trip?
To the Milky Way in a rocket ship?

Have you flown to the dark side of the moon?
Or actually seen a Venusian Loon?
Did you ever imagine you could fly through space
In your own backyard's pretending place?

I have trekked Alaska's highest peak.
I have swum with mermaids in the deep.
I have hunted bison on the plain,
Flown kites with Franklin in the rain.

There is nothing I cannot achieve
When I play my games of make believe.
I wonder, lad and little miss,
If you ever played such games as this?

From a favorite place in your house or yard,
Have you ever marched like a castle guard?
Or danced like a ballerina queen?
Or sank a foreign submarine?

Or have you now grown up past the age
Where your own front porch is a magic stage?
Where your grass is a sea with a breaking wave
And your crew all drowning in a watery grave.

But with wooden boat and a plank for an oar,
Did you safely guide them to the shore?
I pray you always will attend
These things that come from Just Pretend.

I still play now at sixty-three,
Still young at heart, a fool like me.
And if I live to ninety-five
Just Pretend will keep my soul alive.

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Londis Carpenter

Londis Carpenter

Londis Carpenter is a published poet and author. He began his writing career at age sixty, after friends and relatives asked him to put his stories and poems into written form. This effort resulted in his first book, Sketches From Life, which received a five star rating from Midwest book Review - (READ MORE)

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