The Perspective of a Dinosaur

David Reinstein,LCSW By David Reinstein,LCSW, 13th Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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What was will yet be - Maybe. Oy Vey! I have become one of "them."


What became if the ice cream man?
His bell rang out
Through the side streets
Of the Boston
Of my youth.
Nickels and dimes
For frozen treats.
And he made a living
On his miniscule mark-up.
What became of gasoline
At 26 cents a gallon?
(Leaded, of course.)
And of cigarettes
Long before we knew
They were killing us
At the same price
Per pack?

What became of new homes
Priced at the low end
Of five figures?
Or of cars like my first new one-
Off the lot for just under two grand.
Or of marriages remaining intact
Or of schools not riddled
With graffiti walls and empty shelves-
Of children not burdened with
(They just had ants
In their pants.)

We thought our parents
And grandparents
Were absolutely prehistoric.

What became of the dinosaurs?
They did not vanish,
But were transformed by time
Into petroleum.
I am a dinosaur.
In 10 million years
I hope I won't be powering
The destruction of
Whatever world may be left.


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Clinical Social Worker (Psychotherapist), humorist, poet and musician, Born in Boston and a relatively unscathed survivor of the 60's.
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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
14th Jul 2011 (#)

beautiful poem david and great thought.thanks a lot for this wonderful share.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
14th Jul 2011 (#)

very clever, wonderful David!

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author avatar Maria Malone
14th Jul 2011 (#)

Hi David, good to see you here on Wikinut, great poem!!

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author avatar Songbird B
16th Jul 2011 (#)

Oh what a great nostalgic look back...Great poem, David..

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20th Jul 2011 (#)

Good poem, David. Nice share. Thanks.

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9th Aug 2011 (#)

Your perspective is refreshing and I agree.

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