Salinger sang “If a body catch a body coming through the rye”
Holden wants most to stand near the edge of a cliff and catch children
any coming close to falling off
well, the Great Depression of the 30’s is over
and the Communist witch-hunt of the 50’s
Actually, maybe the beatniks still have a hangover
But, today, thank God, the best minds of our generation are getting healthy,
thank you. Finally.
We’re not going to fall off
Thank God, we won’t ever go near
So, you don’t even need to stand there.
The madness is finally coming to an end.
Those children of then, running
today are all grown up, the run almost over
wholesome. Today, thank God.
we have all but forgotten what polio was.
Anxiety, from Latin, “twisted rope”
Come of time to detangle from all the twisted
lies, falsely in the name of Heaven
to kill and burn
Today we’re saving the earth and its inhabitants, whole wheat and rye
with green eggs & ham
but skip the ham, bud, it ain’t kosher
and just rephrase the eggs “organic”
We’re finally letting the Light shine through
The Age of Aquarius,
but we have had too much hair in our eyes
adolescent hair phrase, with tattoos and body piercings.
Today, class, I’m please to say the Cold War has ended
We’re using our resources to the max
Only the better to warm thee heart, love
(not to be curt, but they’ll soon reveal the warming on Mars too)
We’re starting to get all the facts straight
(Whew, it’s safe to eat eggs and carbs)
Moses, and the Moses of each and every generation – his job:
To bring us to God, show the way
Mouthpiece, microphone, for Sinai
Never supposed to pray to him, heaven forbid
Moses is just the guide
The direction sign on the dark lonely road
in the desert – an arrow:
“Go this way,” it points. Up.
and because we follow The sign,
Today, thank God, there’s hope
a healthy future ahead
Yes, a future.