Reunion time! We’ll have to look our best!
We’ll shed some pounds, and buy a flattering frock,
That hides our hips, and lifts our dipping breasts.
Yes, cleavage wasn’t part of physique
In ’66, there wasn’t much to see.
We came from innocence and small town views,
Embraced a world of hope we thought we knew.
But we were destine to rewrite the codes
Of moral standards, long the social guides.
Free love and peace and pot would fix our world
Of bigotry and hate and futile war.
Oh, yes, old friend, we fixed it good! So good
We rue our days. Our children suffer most.
Single moms with phantom dads, the carnage
Of free love, my friend, that wasn’t free at all.
But we’ll go back and talk old times and skirt
The pain we caused. We’ll flash the pics of kids
And grands, and analyze our aches and pains.
What fun we’ll have. I just can’t wait! Can you?
Source of Inspiration for The Reunion
The Reunion was written to assign responsibility to the “free love” movement for the premature loss of youthful innocence, and the degradation of the sanctity of marriage, a holy union now taken lightly, thus easily voided by the divorce express lane. The Reunion was published in The International Who’s Who in Poetry, 2004, in which I was sited as one of 4 featured poets and the only American poet. The other featured poets were from Thailand, Italy, and Greece. This was an amazing honor!