The Windows of My Soul: The Beat Generation (#331)

The Beat Generation (#331)
© Brenda
February 20, 1995 7:23 am

You mope around with your prurient prose
Reading to us with consideration
But we write the songs because we were there
We are the Beat Generation.

You are embarrassed for us at the mention of sex
But we are the ones who broke the tradition
We fought for the pill and sexual freedom
We are the Beat Generation.

Channel surfing while slouched on a couch
How can you know about confrontation?
We put our bodies on the line.
We are the Beat Generation.

We wrote the songs
We broke the tradition
We put our bodies on the line
We are the Beat Generation.

Glued to a computer or video game
What do you know about civil rights or abortion?
Government, history, or philosophy?
We know because we are the Beat Generation.

Where were you when we marched on Selma?
We sang and walked with dedication
Fighting for the rights of each human being
Paving the way as the Beat Generation.

Where were you when we were at Woodstock?
Did you see on the film our reflection?
We are your parents and grandparents
Proud to be the Beat Generation.

We wrote the songs
We broke the tradition
We put our bodies on the line
We are the Beat Generation.

You nod your head in complete agreement
As if you were filled with comprehension
Worshipping your heroes of the sixties
But they are us, the Beat Generation.

The next time you tell me I’m too old to know
I’m going to flip over into regression
And punch you right on your smart-aleck nose
Because I am one of the Beat Generation.

Oh? you weren’t born yet, what a pity
Well, let me give you a powerful suggestion
Turn off your screens, think for yourself
And become a new Beat Generation.

We wrote the songs
We broke the tradition
We put our bodies on the line
We are the Beat Generation.

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