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A Hippie Laments

What happened to the world
of "heightened awareness"
that I found at Woodstock
and in the music of Mick Jagger
and the Rolling Stones,
a world in which income
from that Asian War enabled me
to drop out and indulge myself
in drugs and booze and protest
and sex with one and all?
What happened to freedom
from responsibility
and loyalty and cleanliness
and respect for others?
What happened to the love flowers
and communion with nature and
my caring-sharing-feeling life,
a life uncluttered with faith
and discipline and reason?

Copyright © 1996 Frank Zahn. Published in The Criterion: An International Journal in English, Volume 14, Issue l, February 2023, p. 283 -

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