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"