A Doggerel for the 60s by
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It’s the Age of Aquarius, a 60s party

It’s the Age of Aquarius, a 60s party, get your flower power on ...

Get your flower power on,

Don your love beads and miniskirt, smarty!

Find your go-go boots, it’s time to get ready,

Light the lava lamp, dust off the 8-track,

Dance the frug and the Freddie.

Drink Annie Green Springs (it’s back, you know)

Take a toke or a trip on your drug of choice,

But pace yourself, please take it slow.

Wonder if Paul is dead? In 2020 he’s still about.

Relax in your bean bag chair and think of those times

And once again turn on, tune in, and drop out.


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I have recently retired from a marketing and technical writing and editing career and am thoroughly enjoying writing for myself and others.

Characterizations: funny, right on!, well written


  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    Love it, Marian! You really took me back to a specific era with all the trappings: bell bottoms, mini-skirts, beads, flower power, lava lamps, getting high, bean bag chairs. Great references and well put together.

  2. Love this, Mare — the title, the image, and the poem, especially that irregular rhythm. 100 words of perfection that I can definitely relate to!

    • Marian says:

      Many thanks, Barb. Just wanted to be sure people wouldn’t think it was supposed to be a “serious” poem, although I doubt they would. I couldn’t decide on just one fad or trend, so this was a nice way to cover a few.

  3. Laurie Levy says:

    Perfect, Marian. You captured so much of that era in 100 words. Right on!

  4. Brava! What fun Marian!

    Some of that stuff was pretty cool
    but what did we ever see in lava lamps and those uncomfortable bean bag chairs? Of course Paul is not only still around but was still looking pretty good when he refused my kiss in that New York coffee shop!

  5. John Shutkin says:

    Oh wow, Marian! You really captured that period in delightfully trippy word play. All I can add is: groovy!

  6. Suzy says:

    Marian, I love this RetroFlash! I agree with Barb, the title, the image, and the poem are all perfection! I thought your rhyme scheme was interesting too, 12 lines in groups of 3, where the 1st and 3rd rhyme and the middle one doesn’t. Don’t know if there is a name for that or not. Thanks for a reminder of my favorite era!

    • Marian says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, Suzy. Two more lines and I’d have a sonnet with some modifications. Now I have to look up the rhyme scheme to see if it is Shakespearean or Spenserian (I’ve been out of English lit for too long.) (:-)

  7. Yeah, Marian! Covered the territory and even made it rhyme! And, in chorus with John S. — far out, righteous, and mellow.

  8. I was, and I guess still am so out of it that I will have to google to find out what the hell is Annie Green Springs! Hey I like the sophisticated a/b/a rhyme scheme.

  9. John Zussman says:

    Lovin’ it! But wait — those were fads? You mean they went out of style when I wasn’t looking???

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