Old Toys

Drawing of a yellow teddy bear with glasses "reading" a book. Caption reads: "Old toys have a story to tell."
Old Toys poem by Iris Carden

New toys bring happiness
and giggles of great joy
when they’re newly given to 
excited girls and boys.

But old toys have a story
the things that they can tell.
About the change and growth
of the person they know well.

The toy who kept you safe
from the monster under the bed,
listened to your tears when
that first romance was dead.

Maybe you felt silly packing them
when you moved from home,
but you couldn’t leave them behind,
and face the adult world alone.

And whatever changed in life:
work, home, family, and age,
one friend was always there
when you started a new stage.

They may be almost forgotten
hidden,  and stored away.
Or maybe your old friend
is very proudly on display.

Either way, you know 
the history you share,
whenever you need them,
your old friend’s always there.

Your friend carries your secrets
and knows you through and through.
You know they’re just a toy
but they’re also part of you.

Or maybe your old friend 
fell apart along the way,
broke beyond repair
but in your heart they stay.

While you’re here…

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.


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