Short Poem about First Impressions and Living in the 1960s

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First Impressions

Below is a small poem titled First Impressions that was composed when I was in high school many years ago.

Yes...I can still remember that far back! Ha!

For some reason I have always remembered this little poem and the sentiments expressed ring true in an everlasting fashion.

Cherished are the friendships that have been formed throughout the years with many people of different cultures coming from all walks of life.

Differences between people only serve to enlighten and enrich each others experiences.

Haven't you found that to be true?

Impatiens

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Here is the poem...



First impressions are not always the best,



Finer distinctions are formed from the rest.


Monarch butterfly

Photo taken at the Houston Zoo.
Photo taken at the Houston Zoo. | Source


First impressions, often prejudiced and rude,



Given more time are mellowed and soothed.


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My original pencil drawing of a Golden Retriever.  Who wouldn't love that face?
My original pencil drawing of a Golden Retriever. Who wouldn't love that face? | Source




With time comes understanding, interest, even love,



And who, being in haste, would fore-go the above?



Hopefully you (the reader) enjoyed this tiny poem about First Impressions and think about it the next time when meeting someone new.

Who knows how that person may enrich one's life or teach lessons one may never learn in any other way?

Life is short. Embrace changes that come along one's pathway of life. Live, learn and love!

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Vietnam War

1960s

This was the decade when my younger brothers and I were in high school. The times were turbulent.

The draft was in full effect and the Vietnam war was raging.

Draft dodging was not only talked about but was also done by some young men who fled to countries like Canada to avoid entering the war which was very unpopular with many people.

Protests against the war were held on many college campuses across the nation. Draft cards were publicly burned as were bras which went hand in hand with the woman's lib movement.

Having come from a family where both grandfathers had participated in the military as well as my dad, my brothers continued in service to country spanning the years from World War 1, and World War 2 to Vietnam.

My brother John had enlisted in the Navy and my youngest brother Jim in the Army. Both saw service in Vietnam.

The History of the Woodstock Festival

Woodstock

The hippie movement was in full force and they often sported long unkept hair, used drugs for recreation and promoted the idea of sexual freedom.

Rock music was their favorite form of entertainment and Woodstock where hundreds of thousands of them gathered in a field in New York epitomizes that movement at its height.

Cuban Missile Crisis

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The Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Bay of Pigs brought our nation and Cuba with the supporting Soviet Union to the brink of war.

At the same time the Berlin Wall was being built separating the country of Germany into the communist ruled east side from the west side which was free.

JFK Assassination

My dear grandmother who was like a second mother to me died in 1963.

That was the same year President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22nd making the Vice-President Lyndon Johnson the automatic President of the U.S.

Whoever was alive during that sad day which shocked the nation will never forget those images portrayed over and over again on television. The blood stained pink suit of Mrs. Kennedy...the swearing in of a very sober faced Lyndon Johnson aboard Air Force One as he was being flown back to Washington, D.C.,...those are images which are seared into our memories for those of us who witnessed them.

History of the Civil Rights Movement

The Civil Rights Movement

The Civil Rights movement was both peaceful and turbulent.

Sit-ins and speeches regarding what was right and just for the black members of our society occurred but also race riots where buildings, businesses and cars were burned also happened such as the infamous Watts Riots in Los Angeles, California which ended up with hundreds of millions of dollars of damages and thirty four deaths.

More riots in different cities would follow with more public destruction of things and injuries and deaths of people.

Dr. Martin Luther King who now has a memorial statue in Washington, D.C. was a voice for reason and peaceable change during these times. Sadly, he was assassinated in April of 1968 by a sniper's bullet in Memphis, Tennessee.

In June of that same year, Senator Robert F. Kennedy who was the brother of President Kennedy and who also had Presidential ambitions was also assassinated.

First Moon Landing 1969

Moon Landing

The 1960s did have some memorable moments that were not at all sad.

We saw astronaut John Glenn circle the earth three times in 1962 and our space adventures had us landing on the moon in 1969 with astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr.

The famous statement uttered to something like 600 million people watching television from all around the world by Neil Armstrong was the following: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." That was a proud moment in time!

My fraternal grandmother often remarked that she was amazed in what had transpired during her days. She had lived from the horse and buggy days to learning to drive those early automobiles and seeing the Wright Brothers first fly an airplane to viewing a man walking on the moon. She could hardly believe the advances!

Music of the 1960s

The Beatles had crossed the Atlantic and had most of America playing their music. I remember discussing with my girlfriends which of the Beatles we thought was the cutest.

Chubby Checker's "The Twist" had many of us gyrating to his music and others like the Beach Boys, The Supremes, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, Sonny and Cher, Righteous Brothers, Neil Diamond and others too many to mention...kept us entertained.

Were you around in the 1960s to personally remember these events?

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A Decade of Changes

It was a far cry from the 1950s when we were growing up as children.

The times had changed and would never be the same. Back in those days we were watching television shows like Father Knows Best, Leave it to Beaver, The Lone Ranger, The Ed Sullivan Show, Bonanza and I Love Lucy to name just a few. The music of the 1950s was being sung by people like Pat Boone, Paul Anka, Johnny Mathis, Ricky Nelsen, Elvis Presley, Perry Como and more.

The United States truly underwent a cultural change in the 1960s and would never be quite the same. My little poem was created during these times of my teenage years of growing up and still rings true today.

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© 2008 Peggy Woods

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Peggy W 7 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Robert,

Yes...those days of the 1960s were certainly rapidly changing times!


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Robert Sacchi 7 months ago

A nice poem, so true. A good look back at the 1960. It was amazing how much things changed from 1/1/60 - 12/31/69.


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Peggy W 15 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Au fait,

The 1960's were indeed turbulent but so are these days with terrorism rampant all across the globe. Kennedy's death was certainly a shock to all of us. Assassinations of that type rarely happen in this country thank heavens. Thanks for your visit and share.


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Au fait 15 months ago from North Texas

Came back to share this article again. The 60s included a lot of change. What a time it was!

I remember the weather man on the only television station we could get out in the country in central Wisconsin saying that it was literally raining all over the world the day of Kennedy's funeral. For some reason that has stuck in my mind all these years. That's pretty unusual if you think about it.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello AngeShearer,

So glad you liked this simple bit of poetry. The times in which it was written were far from simple.


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