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The 1960's--An Experimental History Poem

Updated on March 2, 2013
Andrews Air Force Base
Andrews Air Force Base
"Tricky Dicky"
"Tricky Dicky"
Malcolm X
Malcolm X
Birmingham, ALA
Birmingham, ALA

Sputnik PR A-1 for the USSR,

so Ike works OT CPR on the 3 R’s.

Former VP LBJ takes some R&R.

Vietnam is more than FUBAR.

FDA OKs XTC drugs OTC.

Hippies love PDA and LSD IV’s.

DC KGB says, “We hope you RIP—

if you get VD you can't fight VC.”

PFC gets high BP in the DMZ

while A-OK DJ spins LP R&B.

O. J. is a Trojan BMOC.

Tricky Dicky’s prez—BYOB.

JFK’S DOA in Big D, T-E-X;

NYC mourns the death of Malcolm X.

MLK’s DOA in TN—who’s next?

RFK’s DOA in LA—Nixon's not vexed.

Teddy Kennedy has a mistress FYI.

He drives into a pond, a DUI.

Teddy’s not investigated by the FBI,

while GI's die in combat says the UPI.

West Pt. jar-head generals at HQ,

creased pants, looking quite GQ.

"Are we winning?” and FAQ’s--

They nod & smile, insulting our IQ’s.

AWOL MIA’s and the POW’s,

ICU-fed GI’s swell VFW’s.

It's become legal to shoot an AK—

the NRA is happy … so is the KKK.

4 lads visit from Liverpool, UK—

4 girls die in Bombingham, ALA—

NASA’s walking on the moon today—

ain’t life grand in the good ol’ USA?


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    • multiculturalsoul profile imageAUTHOR

      JJ Murray 

      5 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      I will check them out, james555. I grew up (once upon a time) near Billy Joel out on Long Island. I can still hear most of his songs in my head.

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      James Mandolare 

      5 years ago from Hudson Falls New York USA

      Re: "abbreviations designed to soften the blow of madness"

      Again, that is an incredibly astute insight, Mr. Multiculturealsoul man, and very poetically expressed. I'd be honored if you'd check out my "hubs". I think you might enjoy them. I like your mind. The military industrial complex (MIC) loves those "soft abbreviations" and you use them with wisdom and humor. Your poem reminded me a bit of Billy Joel's "We didn't Light the Fire."

    • multiculturalsoul profile imageAUTHOR

      JJ Murray 

      5 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      The 1960s struck me as a time full of abbreviations designed to soften the blow of the madness in the world. It's much easier to say DOA, POW, MIA than that they really represent. Thanks for diggin' it!

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      James Mandolare 

      5 years ago from Hudson Falls New York USA

      Wow I mean wow man. That's some groovy alphabet scat you laid on me man. Blew my freakin mind with the rhyming letters and the the topicals! Nixon not vexed! I'm giggling I'm roaring man! Like funny stuff you dig? Impressive dude like far out I am diggin yer vibe like wild man wild! You dig where I'm coming from brother? I'm not just blowin smoke you know dude. You got it your one clever motherf....well I'm talkin about Multiculturalsoul-man! Cool.

    • multiculturalsoul profile imageAUTHOR

      JJ Murray 

      5 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      I lived through most of the '60s and viewed life on the only three channels on TV at the time. We had a black and white TV; hence the black and white pictures.

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      5 years ago from Florida

      multiculturalsoul...Wow..that was very original and have a real knack for this typr of write...throughly enjoyed...your writes are so unique..and you lived these years and write from experience, or are you just a history buff ?

      Have a great day....


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