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The 50's

There was a time when I was young
To share an era that begun
From music to the fashion trend
TV shows and history
Fads and other mysteries
I saw them all as time moved on

From classic pop to rock and roll
Bill Haley and the Elvis craze
And four years in my Air Force phase
But Jitterbug still hung around
The big bands had that unique sound
Time moved on to start the clock

European cinema
Fellini, Bergman made the mien
And Japan added to the pie
To film The Seven Samurai
Brando, Newman and James Dean
newly captured on the screen

Television's Golden Age
All the programs set the stage
For Gunsmoke and the Twilight Zone
I love Lucy, I married Joan
TV tubes were changed a lot
Wrestling shows were really hot

Mantle, Mays and Robinson
Took baseball to another rung
The coonskin cap and hula hoop
Duck tail hair and snapper soup
I wore one with a thick pomade
And ate the soup that Momma made

My fashion sense left much to judge
As if I had good taste for fudge
Pegged pants with a six inch rise
Ladys skirts were different then
Lengths that came down to their shins
Three inch higher was a sin
Still dirty minds existed then

In Belgium back in 58
I saw an exhibit on that date
The Sputnik with a cute stray dog
was launched so high up in the air
Before the U.S. could get there 
Then the race to conquer space

McCarthy hearings, lives destroyed
The Cold War was our only plight
The Commies kept their nukes in check
And Castro entered on the scene
There were no hot wars left to fight
Days still continued as well as night

I share a new millennium
But today the future's not so bright
No more long hand, the laptop's here
Facebook and Twitter have conquered our sphere
The death knell has tolled for how life was then
Rekindle your past and relive again 




Ralph Sergi February 19, 2015 
Decades by Kelly Deschler

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  1. Date: 2/25/2015 6:13:00 PM

    Gosh, you know even more than i know about the 60's. I was just a babe in arms during that time, but I chose to write of it as well. it was a pivotal decade in our history, and probably there has not been a better one since then!! Good job.
  1. Date: 2/22/2015 12:02:00 PM

    you rocked and rolled the 50s with all its history, lifestyle, and mood, ralph... a very fine and lively piece of art!.. huggs
  1. Date: 2/20/2015 9:22:00 AM

    Great verse, Ralph- there was a certain joy to that time, and you captured it well. And you're right- the future is a little unnerving. Long live nostalgia! (?)
  1. Date: 2/19/2015 6:23:00 PM

    I found this very fascinating....I love how you told your story in rhyme. Very lovely journey through the 50's.
  1. Date: 2/19/2015 5:13:00 PM

    An excellent journey you took us on Ralph...I absolutely loved it...a7+++ and fav
  1. Date: 2/19/2015 12:54:00 PM

    Wonderful memories Ralph - your poem brought them all to life - good luck in the contest:-) Hugs Jan xx 7 xx

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