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by Lloyd Lofthouse
Thursday, July 17, 2008
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Some kids today.

The split comes at eighteen
When the coach
With eight white horses
Turns into a pumpkin
And rats start eating what’s inside.

The last day you are seventeen,
You belong to the
pampered and privileged.
The next day,
The law that protected
Buried as soon as
The candles blow out
On the birthday cake.
After that, jail
Or the poorhouse
While homelessness
Like a devil
Lurks in the shadows.

“What would you do if
We jumped you?”
I heard this every year
In the classrooms where I taught.

“I was a Marine, kid.
They didn’t train me to fight.
They taught me to kill.”

In thirty years of teaching,
No one jumped.

When I was born,
Kids were to be seen
And not heard.
That didn’t stop me.
I was a chatterbox
But respectful and shy.
Today kids are
The center of the world
Protected by laws
Pampered by the
Moguls of media.
Allowing them
To commit murder and
Get away with it
As long as they support
Fast food;
The latest styles,
And the Magic Mountains
Of the world.

Kids will be kids
Is bullshit!
Kids are clay,
What Parents or guardians
Carve them to be.

Last year an adolescent
Approached me in the
Parking lot of a motel
In Southern California.
“Hey, old man,
can you give me
and my girlfriend a lift
to the next motel.
This rotten place
won’t rent us a room.”

This skinny, underage runt
Wore off-color shorts
That did not fit.
His plastic frame glasses
Were held together by tape.

I never called
Anyone an old man
To his face.

Last night,
An even younger
Brat called me an old man
As he and his
Underage gang
Raced bikes up and down
The steep driveway to my house in the dark.
“Hey, old man,
you can’t take our pictures now.
It’s too dark.
You can’t stop us.”

This scene has played
Itself out in reruns
For two summers.

I stopped being nice
and called the police.

Once a Marine always a Marine.
We just get older,
but the killer
lurks under lock and key.
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Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 11/19/2008
Lloyd, I Love this line:
Kids will be kids
Is bullshit!
Kids are clay,
What Parents or guardians
Carve them to be.

Love to read real people, Holly
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 8/2/2008
My granddaughter gives her mother heart attacks while she is only 19 and in college. She wanted to bring home a white mouse. At Hershey Park Zoo where she works this summer, they brought the mice in to feed to the snakes,. She said they were so cute, she wanted to bring one home. She lives at home and Mom said NO WAY. She tries her Mother's patience all the time. Always did from little on up.
Reviewed by Juliet Waldron 7/25/2008
Yikes! But I know where you are coming from re "kids today." Who would have ever thought we'd be the ones saying it? It doesn't bode well for the future.
Reviewed by xxxxxxx cccccc 7/20/2008
Tremendous piece of writing. It's not really a poem to me as it looks more like delineated prose. However, the content and style are first class. I would love to hear this recited. It's almost like the beginning of book or film noir.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 7/17/2008
Not afraid to tell it as it is, and as Gene Williamson mentions, that last stanza is great because it has real guts.
Reviewed by Southern Comfort 7/17/2008
OOOOOO WEEE I purely love it when you get riled! That was a mighty good can of whoop-ass you done opened! SC
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 7/17/2008
Lloyd, do I have to say again that your gutsy writing is first rate?
Not a phony note in this opus. Hey, you could teach in my school any
day. And I love the last stanza. -gene.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/17/2008

The 'Train up a child in the way he should go and he will not depart from it' mentality no longer applies to apethetic parents who don't give a rip - they give their children everything they want and then act surprised when the kids demand more and more - ooooooooohhhhhhhhhh this is a sore subject with me. Dead center, right between the eyes that every parent should read - well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by blue soplain 7/17/2008
Reviewed by Linda Law 7/17/2008
You are always hitting the nail on the coffin.... so precisely correct, yet worded so creatively...precise, without mincing words, and no respect for inaccuracy. I am a huge fan Lloyd! lindalaw
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