Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Still Crazy After All These Years...

The Beatles introduced on Ed Sullivan February 9, 1964
We are the 'baby boomers' 
conceived in the 50’s when Elvis was King.
We are God fearing, hell-raising all-American kids, educated in a small town
taught to fear Jesus in a small town...
We survived the turbulent 60’s:
We saw the Cold War and the end of Camelot;
watched as Kennedy fended off the Soviets in Cuba,
working to find peaceful solutions abroad
and racial equality at home.
He fought a war on two fronts
                  ….and was gunned down.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of dreams;
of peace and tolerance, a better world for
our children, and our children’s children
                  … and was gunned down.
Bobby, our new hope, our golden boy
                  … he too, was gunned down.
Too young for the marches, the war surrounded us,
brought into our homes each night by the voice of Walter Cronkite
and like John, Martin and Bobby, we dreamed of peace.
We are the Beatles generation…embraced their music from moment we heard them.
We grew up with Opie and Lassie, Robin Hood and Superman.
No Kindles no tablets; give us a super hero comic book any day.
We listened to Dylan and Fogerty, Crosby, Stills Nash and Young, Jethro Tull
We Bungled in the Jungle and sang songs of protest and antiwar;
We are the teenagers of the ‘70’s...
Hendrix and Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Kansas—
like Dust in the Wind, we kept  Dreamin’ On.’ 
We held our collective breath waiting for draft cards to arrive.
   Then, just like that, the war was over.
Our lives moved on, college , work, marriage, children, career…
we were the be-bop babies on a hard day’s night… and we danced
and we listened to the pop rock of the 80’s
that morphed into techno, and rap, a music evolution—
a revolution set in place by those four lads from Liverpool.
We cried over senseless murders of children; our classrooms no longer safe-havens.
We chose sides on gun control; yet all of our hearts mourn the innocents.
Yes, we’ve lived through the good, the bad and the ugly—
                  …and we are still going

Think about it— we’ve been around through JFK, RFK, MLK; Elvis, the Beatles, Dylan; war and peace, another war and so much more. We saw the fall of the Twin Towers, and the fall of the Iron Curtain. We were here for Roe v. Wade and Watergate, Star Trek  and Star Wars,  and the original ‘space race.’ We’ve seen innovations in medicine, and computers that fit in the palm of your hand. We have instant communication with anyone, anywhere in the world. We’ve ushered in the first black president, and may yet see the first female president. We are the computer techs and the mechanics, the greens-keepers and bakers, the poets and the dreamers.  In the almost 6 decades that we’ve been on this earth, we have seen history…lived history…made history…

We are the gray-haired 50-something tattooed rock 'n rollers— 
perhaps a little bit older and a lot less bolder than we used to be
…but hell yeah, we’re still here...
                        Here's to us!

© Ginny Brannan 2014

Who says you can't go back…looking back on the last 4 decades and beyond, on the occasion of my 40th class reunion. For my fellow classmates and my friends from BFUHS class of 1974, and all the other 'boomers who remember...  
Follow the lavender links to the music and the speeches, the real trip down memory lane.


  1. you have def lived a bit of history...and had quite the soundtrack as well...i caught a little mellancamp in there as well...

    1. Thanks for stopping, Brian! It boggles my mind sometimes all that has taken place in my lifetime so far. And Mellencamp is one of my all-time favorites. His words—his music—speak to me, especially the song linked. I did grow up in a small town, and that's good enough for me!

  2. You bring back many memories with this one, Ginny. Some great, and some not so great. The Sixties and its aftermath was such a strange and extreme period--one that bears reflecting. Thanks for the memories...
    Steve K.

    1. Ah Steve, the 60's saw an incredible amount of change, didn't they? I was a kid, and didn't understand or appreciate much of it till I got older Two days in history I will never forget, the day JFK died: parochial school 2nd grade, Sister Anna was called into the hall, came in, tears streaming down her face. We were dismissed early, all went to church first before going home. The other day, of course, is 9/11. Thanks for taking a moment to stop and read, my friend.

    2. It makes you wonder what cataclysms yet unknown will be indelible in the memories of today's young folks. None, I hope; but looking at the world around us, that's unlikely. I hope the big event was a success!!!

  3. Yep, Gin. We really don't have to cast our lives' nets very far or deep to pull up a lot of what will someday (I think) be some significant History. (If they still teach it in 20 years.)
    And BTW, registered for Draft in September 1970. Eventual Draft No.: 46.
    Wrote a story about my Draft physical, too.
    Thank you for this profound waking dream, dear girl!

  4. My foster brother turned 18 in May 1973, can remember him getting his draft card. But the Peace talks were already in the works and he never got called up. So glad you stayed safe, my friend. A strange and surreal time that was indeed. Thanks for stopping by Joe, always appreciate your comments, my dear friend.

  5. Wow Ginny! That is a huge, wonderful trip down memory lane. I love that you added all the links within it to more info. about some of the people and events you mention. What a long way we have come, and what a lot we've seen!

    1. Thanks Mary! Doesn't exactly qualify as poetry, but one of those things I had to write, flowed out from start to finish with very little editing. Could even imagine the 'links' I would add as I wrote it. It's kind of cool to be reminded of all that we have lived through! Thanks for stopping by to read and leave a comment, my friend.


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