Dominic Windram

A Lament For The Slow Death Of The 1960's Counter Culture - Poem by Dominic Windram

O you were once wild and beautiful
When summer's rays reclined in your hair
And your Being blazed in valleys and hills.
O you were a force so vital and rare
When brief flashes and fragments of Grace
Pierced the warm, feathered air
And the light of love lit up your face.
When crude flesh and fiery spirit were
Wedded in deepest communal bliss
And your youth's blood morphed into roses
In the sweet Garden of Promise
That once seemed so fruitful and endless.

O you were once wild and beautiful
But now you're a ragged recluse
Degraded by the needle chill;
Lost in a twilight world of absence;
Removed from a world you once infused
With colour and art and consciousness.
Now Innocence has been badly wounded
And Despair corrupts our Sacredness.
Yet I still cling tightly to the vast scope
Of your Vision; in the spectral seas
Of prayer; in the righteous rage of hope
In plagued streets placated by prophecy

Amidst the glitter, neon and concrete;
Amidst bleached ruins of modernity.

Topic(s) of this poem: romanticism

Form: Verse

Comments about A Lament For The Slow Death Of The 1960's Counter Culture by Dominic Windram

  • Tom Allport (2/10/2020 4:34:00 PM)

    A wonderful write of a time that had be experienced to be appreciated? ...well penned. (Report)Reply

    Dominic WindramDominic Windram(2/13/2020 11:09:00 AM)

    Thanks Tom...much appreciated!

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  • Lukas (6/24/2018 3:15:00 PM)

    a ragged recluse, the righteous rage of hope: I like the metaphors and alliterations in this poem very much. This poem is not glitter or concrete at all, but profound and sophisticated social criticism. Thank you, Dominic! (Report)Reply

    Dominic Windram(2/13/2020 11:10:00 AM)

    Thanks Lukas for your perceptive commentary.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (11/28/2017 5:07:00 PM)

    Such an interesting write, Dominic...a huge 10+++++ (Report)Reply

    Dominic WindramDominic Windram(11/29/2017 7:42:00 AM)

    Thanks so much for your kind comment Bernard!

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Poem Edited: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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