Julie Got it Right
The '60s was the end of the America that the rest of the world liked.
A slinky cat in her eighties, many lives
lived across sundry American eras, it is like
someone drew down an iron curtain between
the generation born in the 1930s and the boomers
who created sonic noise afterwards.
Apollo left after 1963, Narcissus and Dionysus
infected the national bloodlines. The Rubicon was
crossed and the death of culture began.
How old now this new America? 239 years, young as
countries go. Aging gracefully? Not so much, more like
an angry hydra with misplaced rage.
More like indolent children denied incessant pleasures,
more like a carnival, a freak show, screaming and
whimpering entitled babies who have earned nothing,
instead consumed like Dante’s gluttons, preaching
race, gender, class from a secular pulpit, controlling
language which controls the mind, a Dionysian orgy,
Disagree with the politically correct gods and be made
a pariah, a wandering ghost ship, labeled bigot and insensitive,
while they never view their own hypocrisy drifting
though this museum of social decay. “The Day the Music Died,”
was the birth of culture’s death.
Dionysus is here again, held in sway, for a time by
Augustine and reason, placed high on the throne by
pop-culture drivel, the 1960s his adopted father, don’t
they realize that steps never work? Read the Greeks. Apollois the banished parent.
Ralph Monday is Associate Professor of English at Roane State Community College in Harriman, TN., and has published hundreds of poems in over 50 journals. A chapbook, All American Girl and Other Poems, was published in July 2014. A book Empty Houses and American Renditions was published May 2015 by Aldrich Press. A Kindle chapbook Narcissus the Sorcerer was published June 2015 by Odin Hill Press.