A Poem by babyboomer68

Author: babyboomer68
Created: February 27, 2017 at 01:14 pm
Upload Type: Poem, G (All)  
Category: General/Other | General/Other | General/Other
Upload Stats: 4.66 Stars by 6 users with 6 comments and 144 views

On Turning Seventy  

I cannot tell a lie,
this year I will be 
celebrating my seventieth 
birthday and personally 
can't believe I survived
seven decades of existence.

Being a baby boomer is a label 
which has followed people of 
my generation since we were 
born and it implies that we were 
brought up during the fifties 
and watched black and white
television until our teens.

Some of us were Dr. Spock 
children and considered spoiled 
because our parents refused to 
spank us when we misbehaved 
leaving a later generation of confused
adults who were told by the
infamous doctor his philosophy
was all wrong and it was okay 
to use correction when needed.

High school graduation time consisted 
of parties on the beach with lots of
popular rock n' roll music blasting 
from radios and watermelons injected 
with cheap wine while dates laughed 
in love and talked about their future.

The laughter died with the Vietnam War 
in which the loss of thousands of young lives 
died on foreign soil in vain with their hopes 
and dreams buried forever or missing in action
until their names appeared on the honored
Vietnam War Memorial which we touched with hands.

On turning seventy I do not feel older but wiser
having survived all these years and crowned
with an award of salt and pepper hair which is
respected by younger people who open doors 
for me and children calling me grandma whom 
I never met before----all because I can flash both 
of my hands seven times.

© babyboomer68 - all rights reserved

Author Notes

Admitting my age.

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Comments & Reviews ( X 8)

February 08, 2018
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'Snap' ...
.. on this on BB. Proud to be of that age when one can look back and be grateful we were born when we were. The now generation don't realize how lucky they are and how fortunate we were>

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March 02, 2017
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I'm twelve years and half a generation older, so I slightly preceded the baby boom. I remember and observed all that you describe and how scandalous your generation's behavior seemed to older folks at the time. Now we look back on your hippie/beach party/Vietnam generation with fondness, especially considering the current, chaotic state of the world.

Rich, your hearty applause, generous rating and in-depth comment on my poem, 'On Turning Seventy' is certainly appreciated.  Where have all those years of yesterday gone?  ~ Sonia 

 babyboomer68 replied on March 02, 2017

February 27, 2017
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Time flies
Hey, I'm 71 and I can still do everything I could do at 18. Above the waist, that is.

John, another baby boomer!  Welcome to the 'rocking chair brigade.'  Seriously, making it this far is an amazement for me. Thank you for your star rating, applause and not lying about your age.   ~ Sonia who can flash both hands seven times.

 babyboomer68 replied on February 27, 2017

February 27, 2017
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The truth doesn't hurt,
Had to laugh reading this as my sister will be 70 on March 10th and you would think the world was coming to an end. Just smile and Thank God you made it this far, Valentine

Valentine, thank you for your all-star rating and
 kind comment.  ~ Sonia

 babyboomer68 replied on February 27, 2017

February 27, 2017
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It's great to see all ages posting on here, and I hope I can still have a half decent poem in me when I get to that age. This one is better than that though, and you give a good angle on your own years that you've lived over time. You put that you feel wiser rather than older, that's good - keep that youthful feeling as much as you can. All the best.

Silverblue, I appreciate your applause,  generous rating and lovely comment. Turning 70 years old is monumental.  My body reminds me.  Thank you, Sonia 

 babyboomer68 replied on February 27, 2017

February 27, 2017
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You should give yourself a pat on the back for surviving. I really like your poem. I know your birthday from your profile. So I will send you a special birthday message
when you turn seventy.

Thank you for the top-star rating and your encouraging comment on my poem.  ~ Sonia 

 babyboomer68 replied on February 27, 2017

Thank you for the top-star billing and encouraging comment on my poem.  ~ Sonia 

 babyboomer68 replied on February 27, 2017

Thank you for the all-star rating and encouraging comment on my poem.  ~ Sonia 

 babyboomer68 replied on February 27, 2017

Sorry for doing this in triplicate.  Something must be wrong with the system today.  

 babyboomer68 replied on February 27, 2017

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