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1969: A Personal Reverie – 4th of July, 2011

Daisy-chained flowers, style of old
woven through cascading hair with
macramé belt on hips worn low
a small brass bell with colored beads

Tie-dyed shirts and bell-bottom jeans
sewn velvet patches with peace signs
cover the skin from holes worn out
plus one of  Jerry Garcia

A starry-eyed innocent girl
one with nature; longing for peace
the freedom she loved believed true
fiercely fought to never let go;

The wonders and surprise of youth
regardless of what the man said
ignoring rules – regulations
living life, forgoing regret

And all the while

War banners waved, the march went on
the radio blared protest songs
Crosby, Stills and Nash – Déjà Vu
and we all sang along, while still…

Our young flew home in wooden box
color flag draped – mothers mourn deep
spirit crying from their souls and
young flower children wept that year

1969 still burns deep
I will never forget those days

* my first non-rhyming poem still with a consistent iambic tetrameter attempt*

-TheMsLvh © 2011
image by: Deb Kirkeeide
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  1. July 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I remember As well. Nothing will ever be like it was back then. Thanks for bringing up the memories; good and bad.

    • July 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      These were some wild days back then. Things are so different today. Thanks for the comment!

  2. July 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    colorful memories.

    Thanks for joining poets rally.
    have fun!

  3. July 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    great painting and poem

  4. July 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    A true picture your words have painted today. One day we will know true peace.

  5. July 8, 2011 at 4:48 am

    I was very young in 1969 but I remember it well, the hippies the flower power and the Vietnam War on the box every night. You’ve taken us back in time with your poem. Well written :)

  6. July 8, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Amazing write, I love how touchingly you have penned this :)

    • July 8, 2011 at 7:59 am

      Memories of the past gives me time to reflect what really was going on. Thanks for the comment! Peace.

  7. SamaraMarie
    July 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I was born in 1972, so I only have video footage to rely on to experience the 60’s visually. I also have the memories of others, including your touching poem. Well written and the painting is beautiful too.

  8. July 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    this is a beautiful work, the words & the picture.

    ah, CSNY’s Deja Vu, one of my favourite albums. :)

  9. July 11, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Wow incredible, moving and heart-wrenching. I was born in 1980 so I didn’t live during the time period but I love a lot of the music and well I lived in Asheville and they are still in the 60s :-P

  10. January 9, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Oh gosh, this took me right back to 1969 and CSNY…Deja vu being one of my all-time favorite albums. Jerry Garcia…The Grateful Dead…nothing will compare to those heady days of music being my religion, smoking a little weed…all with the background of the war and my brother joining the army… Love this poem…thanks for sharing.

  11. January 9, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    P.S. Love that painting too…it’s very cool.

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