Get Off My Lawn!

Get Off My Lawn!
by Victor T. Cypert

The kids today
invented the wheel,
discovered fire,
and brokered peace
with Hitler
before World War II
even started.

They brought their determination
and vehemence
to fight society’s ills,
unburdened by
the knowledge of history
and ethics
and foresight.

Into the centuries-old fray
they stepped
to scold and chide
foolish elders.

“It’s so simple!”
and racism died.

“Just don’t do it!”
and homophobia
ground to a halt.

A stern frown
and avarice
withered
on its pale vine.

The kids today
taught Gandhi and King
between inventing the wheel,
the electric light bulb,
and the Internet
—just ask them.

 

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