2001-2016 My generation is currently facing a resurgence of racism similar to the 1920s, an economic crisis that echoes back to the 1930s, the threat of looming totalitarianism like we're back in the 1940s, elders whose social standards were first broadcast in the 1950s, taking our anger to the streets in protest like it's the 1960s, fighting wars built upon national lies like we never left the 1970s, suffering under trickle down politicians just like it's the 1980s, and you wonder why all us 90s kids are feeling just a bit crazy, but you judge us and say we're all just so entitled and lazy, that wanting better opportunities and education is a pipe dream, and how dare we decide that the best thing to do is fight this? Should we just accept a life of poverty, low wages, and high prices, as we waste the entire earth with wars and greed while ignoring the climate crisis? It seems to me that there must be a better version of what life is.
This is a throwback poem from a previously published book. I’ll be posting throwbacks every Wednesday.
This poem was written shortly after the 2016 election. I dedicate it to my fellow millennials. Nearly all of my books contain topical poetry. A majority of the selections included in the book Armor Against the Dawn were post-election reflections such as this one.
Armor Against the Dawn
Armor Against The Dawn is D.L. Lang's 8th book, largely comprised of topical poetry written in response to current events, politics, and the experience of local protests.