I Cannot Imagine


I could not imagine

my parents being young

they were old the day I met them

and remained old till the day they died

but I often wonder

how they would have been

as young people

as young lovers

I wonder how they met

and if they kissed on their first date

or kissed at all

until they tied the knot

the whole idea of sexuality

seemed so foreign to them

it was a strict and structured world they lived in

with formalities and rules that had to be followed

would they recognize the world today

when hooking up is common on first dates

and racy photos run around middle schools

when children are abused

and babies left in dumpsters

I have to say they would be shocked and saddened

and I am glad they passed before the world changed

before they had to witness

the ugliness of what we have become.


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lisa donohoe

Wed 16th Jan 2019 18:09

Applause..... My nan would love this fantastic piece..
RESPECT ran rampant in the good old days..
Now ' most cant even respect their selfs..
I truly enjoyed reading this. Well done?

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keith jeffries

Wed 16th Jan 2019 16:52

This poem is an invitaton back into a world which is no more. Time has flown by with astonishing alacrity catapulting us into unchartered territory. The values of modesty and decency have almost entirely been abandoned and replaced by gratuitous pornography, rampant promiscuity and the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases sky rocket. Have we advanced as a society or regressed? Your poem leaves the reader with questions for them to answer for themselves.
Well done and thank you.

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 16th Jan 2019 15:37

Every generation must experience something akin to this.
The change in social/sexual mores in my own lifetime has been
considerable, much of it positive but not always. The derided
deference was also the companion of polite consideration for others -
now both seem a distant memory in so many regrettable ways.
My parents were "middle aged" when I was born, the youngest
of a large family, and were just that to me: other-worldly figures
embracing age, experience and respect...removed from any
flights of sexual imaginings or the chance of finding contraceptives
in their possession. I grew up quicker mentally in my ability to deal
with adults but had to find my way without any modern "advice" or
"guidance". Maybe there could have been room for improvement
from what I experienced but I was able to deal with life and its
demands as a result and have no feelings of regret or resentment
about my own way through life. Good luck and good will towards
others is what I wish as I witness both the up the down sides of contemporary existence.

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Trevor Alexander

Wed 16th Jan 2019 14:50

I guess it's a sort of subversive thought we sometimes springs to mind, for us to shy away from. I remember being vaguely shocked to see a pack of condoms when I went into my parents' room once.

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Dave Caplan

Wed 16th Jan 2019 14:09

A good piece of work, causing pause for reflection.
As the father of two girls in their mid twenties I know only too well how the 'older' generation feel towards 'liberalization.'

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Don Matthews

Wed 16th Jan 2019 13:00

This says it all. What more can I say ?

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