Poem Passage and Questions - Yesterday's Summer

Long ago, do you remember when Life was so much simpler then
The ice truck chugging up the street Bearing gifts of slippery treats
Dirty feet and banged up knees
The price you paid for climbing trees
The tall green grass—such lofty spears Where you could hide when there were tears The games we played on summer nights Our cheating always started fights
I still remember how we ran
Re-le-vo, tag, and kick the can
Aggies, jump rope, hide-and-seek
Giant steps, hop scotch, and jump the creek
The lonely tree hut in the woods
Our lives were then like Robin Hood’s
We had no windows just a roof
It wasn’t even waterproof
Splinters we would get galore
Sliding down the cellar door
On a rainy, stormy day
The attic was the place to play
The phonograph you cranked by hand
The treasures from another land
The hushed dark corners a spell would weave As tales were told—we all believed
We never lacked for things to do
Imagination saw us through
Yesterday’s summer, all but gone
Nostalgia beckons from another dawn

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