Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moe

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This was a game me and my siblings used to play as kids. We would dress up in towels and hats and crawl around the dark house, pretending to be explorers. Those are fond memories...

Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moe



Four little explorers embark on a quest,
A dark, silent house, their noble first test.
With courage, grit and imagination in tow.
Off go Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moe.

The foot of a mountain, they climb the steps,
Not knowing what horrors to expect.
As they reach the first level plateau,
They gather themselves then onward go.

A mountain climb for four weary souls,
A child's young mind never grows old.
With towel pinned capes and wooden swords,
Newspaper hats and laundry line cords.

As they reach the top of the stairs,
They huddle together to quell their fears.
No light exists in this lofty realm,
Just shadows and darkness, an imagined hell.

It's here the real adventure begins,
As they fear for each other with youthful grins.
A lone flashlight anoints their way,
As they hope to live another day.

Together they move from door to door,
Shuffling and crawling around on all fours,
Each room's explored with delicate care,
Closets are caves and dragon lairs.

They search beneath couches and beds,
Looking for treasures and shrunken heads.
Working in unison like a well oiled machine,
They seem to have formed a respectable team.

As the bewitching hour begins to toll,
The group decides their day to call.
A tent is pitched between two chairs,
To protect the group from predators.

For tomorrow's just a dream away,
Another adventure, another day.
That's how little imaginations grow,
When they're Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moe.




Copyright © January 2010
Kevin Mooney

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chrysanthemum commented on Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moe

03-12-2010

childhood and innocence fascinates me, how much we lose as we grow older. this brings my own childhood memories to mind, thank you.

simoneaugustus commented on Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moe

03-06-2010

This brought back so many memories I hold dear. It's hard to believe that sometimes my brothers and I could stop bickering long enough to have those very same adventures! Thanks for the ride down memory lane; it was fantastic!

towersongs commented on Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moe

01-26-2010

a wonderful poem mooney, enjoyed it very much. i was impressed with the tightness of the story and the progression and the conclusion was the only one left. thanks for writing.

icu2 commented on Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moe

01-25-2010

This is how it USED to be. Now they sit in front of a color TV. Imagination is played out before them, they don't have to exert their little brains anymore, the idiot box will think for them... A wonderful poem, even if there is a precious few who can relate.

tvguy129 commented on Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moe

01-25-2010

this is a delightful read. each line has very close to the same amount of sylables, sometimes it flows better if you make them all the same, even though it flows pretty well. I like the idea of leaving it as it is simply because it seems from the viewpoint of a child explorer, therefor, it shouldnt be too exact and strict

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

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