Like most people, one of the first games I ever played was Super Mario Bros. I really think that game is the test of if you will be a gamer or not (I'm not sure what the equivalent would be to that game today). Instantly I was hooked! Despite being a Sega kid, there will always be a soft spot in my heart for saving the princess.
I started a poem one day called "Daydreamin". It was supposed to be a stream of conscience poem. I got writer's block and returned to it months later. When I returned to it, it took on a life of it's own. It soon became my ode to one of my favorite video games of all time. So enjoy my tribute poem to Mario! It's hard out there for a plumber.
For those of you who would rather read, here is the poem in written form.
Free time for free rhymes
I let my words run freely to flee from my mind
Mind you, I had my mind made up when I saw you
Pressed the power button and I started to adore you
You were the 1-Up mushroom hidden in the brick that I found by accident
I put on my yellow cape and flew into action with nine lives of curiosity
You were unimpressed by the five foes I just disposed of by jumping on their heads. Now theyíre dead. And I can do this all day while laying in my bed
It was 1986, and you were just the fix I needed to nix my perfect attendance record
Gone in the blink of an eye like I just put in a code right before your eyes:
I resume play as my brain starts to fade away to mush
Always getting the lecture about that extra push in school
ďIf you studied for school as much as you played these games, youíd make straight AísĒ
Mom canít possibly understand how heartbreaking it is to make it to the end of the level only to die, simply because you didnít see the gap in the floor
Or when you forget that the platform youíre standing on is only good for three seconds
You see, the beautiful thing about you is, you taught me about life
And people wonder why they canít catch me
I never stand in the same place for more than 3 seconds
How do I know this single tile in the floor isnít made of hot lava?
Or that the brick over there doesnít have coins in it?
See, you taught me that if I were small enough, the pipes in my bathroom contain a secret world
And to duck when someone shoots a bullet
Thereís a good chance itíll grow 10 times the size of the gun
You showed me that drugs were, in fact, beneficial
Because if I ate enough mushrooms, Iíd grow large enough to crush my enemies
You taught me to reach for the stars. They make you invincible
I love you
You may not be the most reliable after several years
But I can still duty you off from time to time and get a little use outta you
Itís a shame mom made me give you up
I think the final straw was when I picked up my pet turtle
He retracted in his shell
And I threw him at the milkman
Thanks to you baby, Iím moving to Japan!