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Flowers Beget 60's Children
by Vivian L Dawson
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Flower power emotions
sharing vines growing
circles of peace signs
remembering the love
children of yesterday

Where are their voices
now after the sun sets
in the west upon Haight-
Ashbury streets to exalt
The City by the Bay
with their harmony and
peace platforms?

Veiled now like flower
wraiths free love dwellings
aloof buffering the tide
regressing the undertow of
seaweed that contains edible

Communes of flower children
sifting the sand from the foam
are you still free yet stranded
as the conch upon the beach
waiting for an ear to listen?

(c) Flowers Beget 60's Children
Vivian L Dawson


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Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 7/3/2012
What an exquisite way to express the destination of the 60's era: "are you still free yet stranded/as the conch upon the beach/waiting for an ear to listen?" I very much identify with these beautiful lines. Thank you! ~~ Diana
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 5/19/2012
I visited H/A in 1967 during a family vacation, a fifteen year old nerd who bought a cheap peace medallion that went over poorly when I returned home to Michigan. It was quite a time then, and now SF still remains one of the most liberal cities in the country. H/A is now pretty much a panhandling center but your fine poem has captured the original essence perfectly. Patrick
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 5/19/2012
Superb poetry that impels one to invison the Height-Ashbury,
of the 60's. Peace to instill the soul in harmony.
Lovely image. Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 5/18/2012
Vivian, Surfacing in your words is an era that is history and unique to say the least...superb poem, love the photo~
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/18/2012
Beautiful and haunting. You can still find the flower children, now spread all over the globe, by their hair and the clothes they still wear. I was one of the fortunate ones to have been there and watched them in Panhandle Park and on the street. Some even hitched a ride in my car. I envied their free lifestyle and have followed their philosophy, even though as a engineering graduate student, I was square as a chess table and never took any drugs.

Reviewed by Rory Dall (Reader) 5/18/2012
I was a few years too late getting to Haight Ashbury and most of the flower people were gone by then but the wraiths of free love and peace were still around. Your poem brings back sweet memories.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 5/18/2012
So nostalgic and beautifully penned Vivian.
Reviewed by Laura Fall 5/18/2012
Truly fantastic poetry as always Laura
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/18/2012
I think that they're now stranded on the couch, watchin the evening news.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 5/18/2012
Oh, they are still around, those who didn't let the drugs waste their lives. Some of them are in the government helping to implement the flower power from vaunted offices, having joined the establishment. One good thing to come out of the sixties was the music.

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