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Friday, November 11, 2016

IT'S YESTERDAY ONCE MORE (.doo-be-doo-lang-lang...)



Goin back
to a simpler time and place
where at the table
the family says grace
and father knows best

A place where climate change
does not exist
and those greenhouse gas emissions
like the truth
need no regulatin'

Back to a time where
her right to choose
means which pretty dress
in the storefront display window
she will wrap up and take home

Where if we all just stay healthy
there'll be no need
for that costly insurance
just make sure to get
your morning constitutional
in every day

And speaking of the constitution
well, that civil rights amendment 
(# 14 for those keeping score at home)
has not yet been passed
and being civil
means no disobedience--
we'll all get along fine
long as everyone stays in his place

With a chicken in every pot
and a piece riding every hip
don't look at me cross-eyed, boy
don't give me no lip

A land of equal opportunity
where any man
with large enough bills
can rise to the highest office in the land
even if he has no class
(even if he looks like the business end
of a baboon's ass!)

Back to a simpler time
and simple times were meant
for simple minds

So let's play a game of let's pretend
it's the fifties again
don't forget your lunch pail, dad
on your way out the door
and when you get home
mom will have a fresh apple pie
cooling on the window sill

Oh, and remember it's election day
so don't forget to vote
you can get there on your bike...

I LIKE IKE!!!



36 comments:

  1. Yup. Nailed it. Can you even believe all this? I think I might have lived too long, but wait, I'm sure there will be More.

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    1. You know Sherry, there is going to be a lot more, if he tries to implement some of his more radical measures...we could be talking war in the streets.

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  2. What I find interesting is no one has admitted voting for him, although, half the country did so. It boggles my mind.

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  3. Good to see you again, Maggie. I find it strange that no one is questioning the legitimacy of the vote, when had Trump lost, he would still be jumping up and down shouting, "Rigged election." If ever there were a time to look into the possibility of a rigged election, it would be now.

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  4. Great stuff here. As for the election = These were "America's best"????

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  5. America''s best didn't want anything to do with it. In fact, I wonder why anyone would, really...considering the kind of person that the lust for power turns you into in the end.

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  6. __ Perhaps we should eliminate the Electoral College; or is it Collage_?

    snow flake
    as we light our candle
    one match

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    1. Antiquated system...we do things in this country just out of habit, way past the time when it makes any sense to be doing them...it's just easier that way. As always, love your lines!

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  7. "Back to a simpler time
    and simple times were meant
    for simple minds

    So let's play a game of let's pretend
    it's the fifties again
    don't forget your lunch pail, dad
    on your way out the door
    and when you get home
    mom will have a fresh apple pie
    cooling on the window sill"

    I like this so much! I'm going to listen to '50s music today just to get in the mood. :)

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  8. It isn't the past we can look to for better times is it? I guess it is gonna have to be the future-if we have one.

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    1. The future has been placed on hold...but we'll get it back.

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  9. We are indeed a nation peddling backwards! Can't even fathom what the next four years will bring. Just a night ago I was in a conversation that could have gone with (or been part of) the text of this poem. Work up in disbelief that he'd been voted our next President and am still coming to terms with the fact that so many Americans gave him that vote. Most ironic is his rampant calls for "change" when those changes will only serve to put us into the past, which one could argue will not "make America great again."

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  10. Yes nostalgia is edited memories. Well written

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    1. Keen observation...we edit out the bad parts and swoon for the good parts. That's why it's always called "the good ol' days."

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  11. And why not bring back McCarthy from beyond to make Hollywood as it once was (not to mention a value change in Netflix)

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    1. His name has already come up in my mind

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  12. What a crazy week. You certainly do bring up a lot of my concerns with the good ole days.

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    1. Many have the same concerns. Have a good 'un!

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  13. with large enough bills
    can rise to the highest office in the land
    even if he has no class

    You can say that again! The despondence does not augur well for the next 4 years. Most are resigned to the worst expected for the free world!

    Hank

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    1. They will be interesting times, and it won't be boring--guarantee you that :)

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  14. The Great American WTF. I am still fairly speechless. I guess that was the whole point.

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    1. You will always have much to say, "and it will be spectacular" :)

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  15. Believe me we are speechless and just shocked ~ I am Canadian and I can tell you that we despise that kind of bigotry and racism ~

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    1. How does one country become so enlightened, and it's neighbor to the south get so totally knocked out of orbit?

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  16. Interesting considering how repressed and un-innocent those times were, like the Victorians....we can only look to the future which really isn't on hold...it's just we are temporarily shocked but hopefully, we will awaken and pull tigether rathernthan wringing our hands and crying, oh woe...

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    1. Right, Toni. Can't wallow in it forever.

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  17. I seem to be alone here in thinking the next four years will be a HUGE surprise to many. But with that said, yes, the "good ol' days" really were "partially" good... Well penned, I really enjoyed your tongue-in-cheek poem.

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    1. Thanks, Margaret. Despite the poem, I'm trying to keep an open mind...only time will tell.

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  18. Sure the 50's were great, as long as you were a white male with money. I was born in 1963 as a WASP and it wasn't until many decades later that I realized most other people didn't have the same privilege of birth. Great satire poetry.

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  19. Awareness, unfortunately, is not static. It comes and goes with the times.

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  20. I'm in wait-and-see mode...only time will tell what the future holds. This is the first time in my adult life that I actually feel embarrassed to be an American...and a little fearful too. The hate and ignorance circulating is scary!

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    1. I go back and forth from thinking wait and see to getting this creepy feeling that something of a coup has taken place, and we're about to be occupied by a foreign power.

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  21. Like your notion that the fifties were great, but for some they were not, maybe many.
    Hatred was more acceptable then despite apple pie on the table.
    But like your good self, I think life was better then...but maybe I was privileged...
    As Brian commented, great satire poetry.
    Kind regards
    Anna :o]

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    1. Any implication in the poem that the fifties were great is satirical. But now we have those who truly believe it, apparently.

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