Voices on the Wind
Before and after marks significant
milestones; effects linger into
generations leaving hope and despair.
The “greatest generation” looked at life
before and after WW II; D day and atom
bombs; Korea , a cold war and a wall.
Mellow times until November sixty-three;
a loss of innocence; assassinations a way
of life. Kennedys and King; more attempts.
Killings at Columbine, monster hurricanes,
vicious tornados, planes crumbling buildings.
No going back when an ID wasn’t needed
to define who you are; before the influx
of aliens and fears of anyone turbaned;
liquids and scissors disallowed in flight;
backpacks a symbol of anarchy; constant
watching for traitors in our midst. What
next for generations born to a twenty-first
century of chaos and distrust, of betrayal and
guilt, of a dim future for all our tomorrows.
Milestones or madness; life changed forever,