30 Years Too Late

I’ve always said,
I was born 30 years too late.
I never fitted in to this decade.
I should have seen the 70’s,
But I was born 30 years too late.

The 60’s were the years of change,
The 70’s were the years of acceptance,
When the people were finding their feet,
The governments crooked;
Wars unsolved;
Yet, created some of the greatest art ever.
I wish I had seen the 70’s,
But I was born 30 years too late.

Imagine, said John,
As Paul flew with his Wings to the top,
Eagles flew from California,
Then the Zeppelin took the Stairway up.
Imagine,
Walking down Baker Street,
Debating American Pie,
Discussing Bohemian Rhapsody,
Then we meet upon the Dark Side Of the Moon.

I wish I had seen the 70’s,
But I was born 30 years too late.

I imagine,
Queuing up for Star Wars,
Screaming at Jaws,
Grease becoming the word,
Stayin’ alive on Saturday night!
I imagine,
Seeing De Niro, Pacino and Nicholson
Lighting up the silver screen.

I wish I had seen the 70’s,
But I was born 30 years too late.

I imagine,
The women who would have been pined-up on my wall
Deborah Harry, Stevie Nicks, Chrissie Hynde,
They have so much more talent and looks,
Than the tarts who litter the T.V and the radio today.
I imagine,
The fear as horror becomes cool,
Stephen becomes the true King,
Satan battles the Exorcist,
Gives us the Omen,
Halloween, Chainsaw Massacre, Wicker Man…

All that in 10 years.

I wish I had seen the 70’s,
But I was born 30 years too late,
Because now it’s gone.

What are we left with?
A world divided,
Puppet leaders,
Controlled and manipulated by others,
We have nothing new.
I wish I had seen the 70’s,
But I was born 30 years too late,
Because now it’s gone.

© Charlie F. Kane

11/2/06

by Charlie F. Kane

Comments (8)

Wow, that took me back! You captured so many pop culture moments from those years-are you sure you weren't there? Don
Glad I found you and your poems today. for an 18 year old, you have done your homework. Yes, the '60s were the years of change. We could use some more of it right now. You mention the Eagles. Funny I bumped into them yesterday on my car radio. Then as soon as I got home they jumped into my new poem 'Dance, Dance, Dance, 'til You Can Dance no More.' You have a better recollection of the '70s than some of us that were there. I look forward to reading more of your work. Tom with, I hate to admit it, sore feet from dancing.
great poem it really captures the decade of the 70's! ! ! and as some other poets told ya, it is good to look backward to know how to walk forward and try to change the things that are bothering you! ! you are great! ! keep up the good job! ! !
Here here! The seventies did seem really cool- the 00s so far have been relatively dull. I still think I was supposed to have been born in the stone age... ah well! Keep up the good work- I love this poem! :) x
Ok first i have to say great poem... If you are those people who reminisce about the past and see ways that it was better that also means you are one of those people who will know how to set us str8 u know make a change... once a gain great job.. Melissa
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