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Zeitgeist - My 1960s - Liz Walsh

Kaftans, mini-skirts, Carnaby Street fashions.
Angel Delight, Hirondelle wine and that sheepskin rug.
"The price of round steak on a Saturday" while
Magdalen Laundries kept dark, dark secrets!
Nylon socks, Cuban heeled boots, body odour -
"it's always the girl's fault - she led him on!-
Button-down collars, civil Rights Marches,
Suspender belts old fashioned, false eye-lashes black -
Excitment, tights, "parents afraid of the new".
Stilletto heels crucifying, Rosary beads grumbling -
"Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus I place all my trust in thee"
Hamburgers, Fleetwood Mac, Anoraks - guilty! remember
Archbishop McQuaid! Bishop Lucey bullying Father Good!
"Wimpey Take-away" - meet a fella - womans lib!
Vietnam War, Albert Hall and Wilson Pickett.
"Would you kiss a boy on the first date?
Drip dry nylon, Dickie Rock gyrating
"Plastics are the future” the graduate said.
"Would you take the pill?"
Tayto crisps - "cheese and onion" munching in the dark.
Che Guevara, Mao Tse Tung and that little red book
In an empire line dress.
Church domination, contraception and major cigarettes
"Back-combing" Vesta Curries and a packet of smash
Maxi, mini, midi-dresses - pan-stick
Mary Quant, Twiggy and the Film Society party.
Flirting innocently, terrified hope - guilt ridden thoughts.
Surges of males, females standing
Eyes scanning, high pitched laughing
"Would you like to dance?"
Free love, flower power, heart thumping
Expensive shoes, a relic of St. Imelda and a chain-store dress -
"She will only get married” Miss Brigid Hayes said!
Afraid of the future, afraid of corruption
Brain exploding - ALL MIXED UP -

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  1. Date: 8/31/2010 2:42:00 PM
    A very warm welcome to you Liz. Your poem left me dazed in reverie. Outstanding journey into the past. Aloha, Connie Please check your soup mail

  1. Date: 8/29/2010 10:40:00 AM
    McWow says this Scotsman. Takes this Highlander back a tad > koolio write Liz >> James

  1. Date: 8/28/2010 8:30:00 PM
    Wow, what a collage of the 60's. I was a kid in the 60's and only got a lot of this from looking back on it and reading of it. It was sure a wild time and for those who were young adults in the 60's I think this will be quite the trip down memory lane. LUv,Andrea

  1. Date: 8/28/2010 7:25:00 AM
    Quite a journey back through the '60s and'70s, a time when many people were searching for their true identities and seeking wisdom as well as pleasure through mind expansion drugs, Liz. Very cleverly written statement on that period, complete with icons, fashion and quite a quick-paced tempo. That's what it was all about then. Great poem! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 8/28/2010 7:09:00 AM
    Veracious---confusion and pushes to be what we are not in life.

  1. Date: 8/28/2010 4:14:00 AM
    Interesting write about the past through fashion, events that happened, music, right and wrong moras of life..Keep the creative pen flowing..Sara