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Reflections on an era in America's history when society was in a precipitous balance searching for values in the wrong places.

glory days life in foggy hazes
concepts on psychedelic fringes
truth's fragile prospect lost
tethers to reality dared not linger
where imagination cavorted in the nude
within chartreuse rain drops
apparitions rode long black trains
whims robbed naked justice's sleep
societal remoras never paid fares
responsibility struggled for a hold
onto lifeboats launched into
The Sea of Fractured Values
accountability desired to be banished
minds traversed the surreal
until reality violently captured
a generation dying in red hazes
face down in communal allies
of purple and yellow LSD hazes
brave men died a world away

in southeast Asian rice patties
glory days who'll fondly recall
when a generation stood so small
glory days?

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Reviewed by JMS Bell
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
This certainly brings back bittersweet memories, Jon. It's like it just happened and yet is a lifetime or worlds away now. Thank you, my friend. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Walt Hardester
Ah yes, those were the days.

Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope)
Great work my friend. Love and peace to you
Reviewed by Carole Mathys
You do know how to get to the point across Jon Michael, and this is excellent...
peace and love, Carole~
Reviewed by Christine Alwin
Depth and lessons head in this masterfully written poem Jon!
Love and Blessings
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat
Excellent Jon.

Reviewed by Ronald Hull
Shades of the Bruce. I get mixed messages. It was a heady time that will never come again.

Reviewed by Gene Williamson
Jon, what a powerful, moving, and articulate look back
at...the foggy hazes of today. Will we never learn?
Reviewed by Sheila Roy
Jon, this is a powerful look into our past. Unfortunately, it's past behavior we are sure to repeat. We seem to be slow learners. I like how the last line leaves us to see the reality. Love and Hugs,
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson
And the wheel keeps on turning. Wonderful piece, Jon.
Reviewed by E T Waldron
An impressive piece that shares the images of a time,which so clearly shows us the adage"what goes around comes around" Will we ever stop repeating our mistakes,and elect leaders who know how to lead? Superb work, Jon!

Merry Christmas,
With Love,
Reviewed by Felix Perry
I believe that we need more of the fire of the sixties youth to make a difference in this world...some things were wrong and some things inane but for the first time youth questioned and stood up to governments that they believed were in the wrong.
Reviewed by John Flanagan
...and you've just shown us eloquently, forcefully, Jon, that history is a rondo with variations. Impressed in particular with the choice of words and phrases - 'chartreuse rain drops' and 'societal remoras'
stand out.
After another read, I ask myself if we've given up searching or aiming for values and standards...and I think we have.
Thank you for prodding me awake.

There is this wheel again as it turns, and it will keep on turning,
there is always a backlash to the opposite if it outweighs the norm,
being too far right, or left, one always gives rise to the other, but of course extremes don't solve anything, and balance is hard to come by, or at least a balanced view of things. Enjoyed, Peace! should I say brother? ha Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse
...well I don't think anyone should ever abuse a bra with fire
maybe use them as a sling shot :)
and as for the mind altering....deliberate is bad enough to find a "HIGH" But to decieve through governmental testing surely was even worse...
was this the sexual revolution? and group freedoms of unmentionables?
Goodness...I think 1/1 pda is ok though...
Some great music comes from this era...
Oh dear...flash back...(JK)
Peace, Love & Inspirations
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
They say, everything old is new again. And we're seeing it now - those that forget history are condemned to repeat it. Well said, Jon. God have mercy --

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by George Carroll
I remember em well. You paint a pic of the 60's that is happening now. A great reminder for those who are asleep and let not History repeat itself.
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