New poem by R.D. Johnson : “Victory Road Took Me to the Colerain Mall & All I Ended up with was Pokemon Cards”

VICTORY ROAD TOOK ME TO COLERAIN MALL & ALL I ENDED UP WITH WAS POKÉMON CARDS

90s kids in Cincinnati had it made thanks to Pokémon
Yeah Pokémon Red & Blue came out
Yes, I made my mom and brother drag me to Forest Fair Mall
$20 in my pocket 
Making the hard decision to either buy a deck of Pokémon cards or 4 booster packs
Figuring out the tax to make sure I had enough
One of the unforgettable times I had was when another mall, Colerain Mall had put together a Pokémon Card Game tournament and a Pokémon Stadium tournament
Of course I did both 
I rushed over to EB Games to sign up
I remember practicing for both tournaments
Making sure I had my right deck and right team loaded into my game
The day had finally came
I make it go registration 
And I get my trainer number for both competitions
First up, was the trading card game
I was so nervous to play as I look around at the other competitions
Me a kid playing versus who I assumed were teenagers at the time
My mom cheering me on from the sideline
I lost that first match
I was sad but I couldn’t forget the Pokémon Stadium competition
I still remember til this day
Bringing the GamePak to plug into the back of the N64 controller
First match, I won and that livened my spirits
Being able to move on to the next round
It was short lived as I was knocked out of the competition the next round
My mom saw the defeat in my eyes
She gave me a big hug and said
“Hey you’re still my Pokémon trainer”
She took me to EB Games and bought me Pokémon cards to cheer me up
From that point on, I always wanted to redeem myself
Soon, in due time 



Bio: Reggie Johnson is an author reigning out of Cincinnati, Ohio. At the age of 9, he found a love for writing while on summer vacation. With influences from music, Reggie has created a rhythmic style of writing to tell his personal experiences and beyond. 
Reggie has 9 books available on all major online retailers and his work can be seen in various literary magazines. He currently has two columns, Drunken Karaoke featured on Daily Drunk Magazine & REPLAYS featured on The Poetry Question. 

Bio: 
Follow R.D. Johnson on twitter @r_d_Johnson.  Check out his work on the Poetry Question with RDJ's Replays https://thepoetryquestion.com/category/replay-rdj/     Read His work on dailydrunkmag.com   R.D. Johnson is a pushcart nominee, a best of the net nominee for Fevers of the Mind  "(Not Just On) Juneteenth"    


 


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