Smoky Hoss

Gold Star - 11,047 Points (01 may 1962 / U.S.A.)

1969 - Poem by Smoky Hoss

it's's 1969...
the sun's going down
as we turn west
driving a long black Caddy,
rolling along the boulevard of freedom at 30 cents a gallon
-step on the gas!
and just enjoy the ride
in this cool dark lady;
somewhere, way over 'there'
young men are dying
and they don't know why,
while back here we're feverishly trying
to spend the last of our freedom
before our innocence says goodbye,
the end of a decade
the last free age
hitch-hikers, hippies
free-thinkers, and Jesus freaks
-all original american prophets
hanging on just outside of the cage;
while around the globe
it's all going down with that western sun
we'll keep riding in that Caddy...our last free ride,
long hair blowing in the wind
not realizing: it'll never be this way again...

Topic(s) of this poem: freedom

Comments about 1969 by Smoky Hoss

  • Dee Corpolongo (5/5/2014 7:37:00 PM)

    I love this poem, and it reminds me of yesteryear, without a fear, how we all
    went both far and near....and did not realize that...'we shall never pass this way again...'
    Excellent words and thought....thank you!
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  • Thomas Vaughan Jones (1/31/2014 5:04:00 PM)

    The swinging sixties. What a time to be in. We had scandals and corruption. Unjust wars and drugs. But we also had Mary Quant, the Beatles, Bob Dylan etc. and enough gorgeous little dolly birds in mini skirts and aspects of free love to make it all worth while. Times will never be the same again, (Report) Reply

  • Noreen Carden (10/15/2013 6:25:00 PM)

    And indeed it never has been that way again great poem (Report) Reply

  • Juan Olivarez (7/19/2013 9:47:00 AM)

    Holy smoke. I just posted a comment on this poem then scrolled down and thete wad a very real feeling of deja voi. (Report) Reply

  • Juan Olivarez (7/19/2013 9:43:00 AM)

    To quote some piker I once read it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (5/14/2012 1:11:00 PM)

    I missed the 1960's but could tell you a thing or two about the 1660's.
    Our kids will be telling their kids how great the 2010's were.
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  • Juan Olivarez (4/9/2012 9:59:00 AM)

    To quote a piker I once read, They were the best of times, they were the worst of times. (Report) Reply

  • (4/8/2012 6:52:00 PM)

    we thought we were changing the world.... it was a golden time, and yet a hard time.... kinda like today! (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (4/7/2012 5:08:00 PM)

    The 1960's, a great time in which to be young - I know, I was there! ! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 6, 2012

Poem Edited: Thursday, December 29, 2016

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