ONE FOR BOOMER

Receding hairline, failing vision,
hair now turning grey,
an aging boomer in final protest,
Father Time his cause this day.

He donned his headband, tie-dyed jeans,
scorched draft card of protests past,
then set out for one last battle--
To find his youth that quietly passed.

Lonely aging Boomer,
A different kind of man;
His colleagues are all now in the wind,
as he makes his final stand.

No more placards, or sounds of Trane aloft,
lively speeches, or taunts and shouts;
no pretty girls wearing mini skirts,
passing flowers all about.

All he found was a new America,
and more freedom across this land;
The fruit of his struggle
for the equality of women,
and also his fellow man.

Lonely aging Boomer,
a different kind of man,
looking for the meaning of life,
as he takes his final stand.

He found Martin, Chavez, and Malcolm X,
all standing by his side;
He found Thomas Jefferson
and all his forefathers
beaming down with pride;

He found minority children across this land
whose reach now exceed their grasp;
He found Jim Crow angrily cursing him,
as he took his final gasp.

He found pride as an aging boomer, more hero, than common man;
He found a quirky old fart embraced by history,
for having the courage to take a stand.

Lonely aging Boomer,
His colleagues now in the wind;
but one last time he limps to his trench,
to defend his fellow man.

Eric L. Wattree
wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.com

Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.

The document reads, "We the people," not we the government. This is a covert encroachment on the American middle class that the people simply must repel, or the rights of all Americas will be placed in dire jeopardy. Once the government declares open season on its employees, who's left to protect us from private exploitation?

"A citizenry of sheep begets a government of wolves."
Edward R. Murrow


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Comment by Eric L. Wattree on June 12, 2010 at 6:52pm
Thanks again, Ernie.

I really appreciate your kind words, Brother. But again, what you're admiring is simply a portrait of yourself. What probably caught your attention was that it shocked you to see it, because boomers are rarely given credit for what they've contributed to this society and the world. But I guarantee you, one day you will. Due to the election of President Obama, future historians are gonna be crawling all over this period in history, and they can't speak of Obama without considering those who sacrificed to make his election possible - that means you, and millions of other boomers just like you, both Black and White.
Comment by Ernie Mixon on June 12, 2010 at 1:41pm
I feel you bro... I really like your the activism you put into your writing. But I still stand my by statement ... your not alone fellow baby boomer.

Peace and long life to you Eric
Comment by Eric L. Wattree on May 22, 2010 at 6:29pm
Hey Ernie,

Thanks for the kind words, Brother. I know you're out there, so while this poem was about you, it wasn't to you. My intent was to try to explain to young people what you represent, and how they happened to inherit the life that they now enjoy.

Thanks for your service, My Man.

Eric
Comment by Ernie Mixon on May 22, 2010 at 5:18pm
Lonely aging Boomer,
A different kind of man;
His colleagues are all now in the wind,
as he makes his final stand.


Eric - what a beautiful tribute to us old "baby boomers" ... I was born and raised in S. Central Los Angeles bro... you are not alone! ...

A fellow baby boomer.... Ernie

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