Love in a paper bag

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I remember running 

To the corner shop

A 10p mix-up 

Is what I got!


Exotic pineapple

In sugary cubes

Mixed in with 1p

and ½ penny chews!


There were Hearts of love

With messages wrote 

To give to those

Who floated your boat


Liquorice laces!

Hubba Bubba too

So you could blow pink bubbles

As big as me and you!

(OK, so that might be 

a slight exaggeration 

But, I always had 

a good imagination!)


There were candy cigarettes 

You pretended to smoke!

Of course, this was before 

The world got so 'woke'!


You could gobble it up

After having a sly drag

So there were no fag ends

To make environmentalists sad


Then there were the classics

Not to be forgotten 

But, I must admit, I always found

Aniseed balls rather rotten!


There were bullets that were black

Lemon, and  pear drops too

And sugar dusted bonbons 

That were such a delight to chew!


Last but not least

The gobstopper cometh!

And all down your chin

The slaver would runneth!


There was love in the rustle

Of that simple paper bag

Looking back, I never realised 

How little we all had


Make do and mend

Was still the motto 

Of the day

Now it seems we live

Such a materialistic way


Keeping up with the Kardashians

(Whoever they may be)

Will never give you the joy I felt 

In a mix-up for 10p! 


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Kevin Tan

Mon 13th Mar 2023 23:04

You're welcome Stephen. Thank you for being part of this community

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Stephen Atkinson

Mon 13th Mar 2023 22:25

I love them both too, Kevin & that's no woke...I mean joke. Thanks 🌈

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Kevin Tan

Mon 13th Mar 2023 17:23

god it's so hard to be woke. no that's just a joke. It's not!

I love both British & American culture. Is that okay? 💖

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John Coopey

Mon 27th Feb 2023 22:56

10p or 2/- as it was in my day, Stephen, would get you 48 Blackjacks at 4 for 1d.

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Stephen Atkinson

Sun 26th Feb 2023 22:14

Thank you for the lovely comments Stephen & Keith. And yes, I loved a bit of dandelion & burdock too, Keith! What would you get for 10p now? Maybe a malteser lol.
And thanks for the likes Nigel, Russel, & Helene 🌈

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Stephen Gospage

Sat 25th Feb 2023 17:15

Terrific poem, Stephen. I seem to remember that liquorice could give you a good run for your money (to borrow an old woke, sorry joke).

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keith jeffries

Sat 25th Feb 2023 11:52

Thanks for this trip down memory lane. There was a tuck shop close to my school where all these goodies were available. I spent nearly all my meagre pocket money there. My real treat was a big bottle of Dandelion and Burdock.
Thank you for this

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