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That year Hope had (made) her reservations:
Reagan had just clutched office,
Orwell's '84 within sight,
Big Brother became bigger.

Oil was almost cheap;
They could load the eager houseboat,
Weekend on a semi-gemstone lake blaring
Van Halen, Queen, Zeplin . . .

Cell phones were for the spoiled haves,
Computers still infants, Internet (mostly) for a cunning military.
Yet they could leisure chat and use blonde post-it notes
Before the late First Amendment was enhanced (to better guard them)

Summer Olympics in malevolent Moscow
Would see no U.S. athletes—Full coverage
On the (new) twenty-four hour talking head Cable News Network would tell all:
The U.S. held (in custody) her own "Olympics" for disillusioned athletes.

This is when Hope began to pack
Though Small Pox was executed (by the New World Health Organization)
Insulin now genetically engineered;
The U.S. refused grain to the sinister Soviet Union (something about Afghanistan)

Hope took flight by December, expatriated/exhausted.
John Lennon dead on the eighth.

A month later they said their commencement address
For the end of their teenage years
I have no idea what to make of this. this idea has been in my head for awhile and I have been working on it. . .
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scatteredwords Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Awww... I was born in 1980. :D
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
That means you're still good!
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EmmaSloane Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
This is great, LJ!
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Thank you, Emma. Are you back? How are you doing?
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EmmaSloane Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Back and hoping to stay put for a while. I am so far behind in reading poems, but it seems you've been busy! Cheers! :huggle:
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
I've been real busy and I haven't had time to read any deviations, but they are still in my inbox!

Glad you're back!
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EmmaSloane Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
:sun:
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Nicely done, my friend.
It's hard to put end markers on such things as generations...there's always a spill-over. But you've done it in a very effective and entertaining way! :clap:
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Thank you, Fuzzy! This place is so much better with you here.
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
My pleasure! :heart:
...and gosh, you're too sweet. :aww:
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halcyonshores Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is excellent. I most certainly applaud. :nod: :thumbsup:
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Thank you! You are kind.
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halcyonshores Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And honest :) :huggle:
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You seem to hit the high (low) points.
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Thank you, sir. I've been wanting to write a piece like this. It's good to see you around again.
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I just tend to lurk during my winter doldrums. :hug:
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ak21626 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like very much. Great imagery. Now where did I put my leg warmers and Fame LP? :D
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Oh!! I missed leg warmers!! I should have added them in. Thank you, AK!
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ak21626 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What about gettoblasters? :D
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Bark Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Writer
I've though of trying to do this with my generation, to wrap it all up in a succinct bow the way you have. Kudos, you nailed it!
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Thank you, Bark. It is what I was trying to do!
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ditistomzelf Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it described my youth... perfectly
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PoetsHand Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Hard to say if that's good or bad :) Thanks!
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ditistomzelf Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it's good, I have fond memorys about my childhood :)
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