I'm Walt. And I'm Marie Elena.
This is the collaboration of two kindred spirits; partners in rhyme;
"the best friends we've never met."
All "Across the Lake. Eerily."

Monday, February 15, 2010


A long way back, in ’66,
When we were eight years old,
A dime was lying in our path,
And we thought we’d struck gold.

My cousin Tom and I took off.
We ran, so we could pop
Into the Korner Dairy
With the Christmas Tree on top.

The Korner Dairy carried
All the stuff kids LOVE to have.
Every candy known to man;
Yummy sweet-tooth salve.

Bit-O-Honey, Beamans’ Gum,
Mary Janes, and Pez.
Golden Nuggets, Nik-L-Nip,
“Cool,” my cousin says.

Flying Saucers, Circus Peanuts
Goobers, Pixi Stix,
Saf-T Pops, and Tootsie Pops
(They take how many licks?)

Rootbeer Barrels, Good & Plenty,
Necco Wafer Rolls,
Life Savers (made in Cleveland;
Candy rings with holes).

Wax Lips, Mallo Cups,
Bazooka Bubble Gum,
Whistle Pops and Whirly Pops,
And Slo-Poke Suckers (Yum!).

Sugar Daddy and his Baby,
Candy Cigarettes,
(Which today is too P.I.),
And Chocolaty Croquettes.

Charms Blow Pops and Fireballs,
Bubble Gum Cigars,
(There’s that darn P.I. again),
And Hershey Chocolate Bars.

Bottle Caps, Marshmallow Cones,
A Candy Popcorn Ball,
Candy Buttons, Chocolate Coins,
Why can’t we have it all?

We could share an ice-cream cone,
If that is what we’d like.
Or perhaps a giant box of
JustBorn Mike and Ike.

Hooray for dimes in ’66,
So Tom and I could pop
Into the Korner Dairy
With the Christmas Tree on Top.

Marie Elena


  1. Marie, The Korner Dairy was MY place to go if I found a dime in '66 too!! Wow! Small world! You captured it perfectly with your poem; I could almost see and smell it as I read! Thanks for helping me down Memory Lane in Niles, Ohio!! Linda (Bennett) Puffer
    p.s. I had forgotten about the year-round Christmas tree on top! Made me smile!

  2. Oh, thank you, Linda!! I sure do appreciate the comment, and that you took the time to check out our site. Good seeing you and Kevin out here!

    Yes, it IS a small world. It's so cool that you are from Niles! I bet we have a LOT of similar memories! =)