Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Homage to "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", heard on the radio Monday morning


The Revolution was not televised
Nor Martinized or any way ized
Jerry Reubens wears a suit
The Revolution was not televised
Revised or super-sized
The cameras were all in Vietnam
The revolution was not televised
Scrutinized or homogenized
The Kent State dead are ashes in our mouths
The long hair is gone with the dreams and hopes
A slave to society
Demoted to third world status and stripped of morality, mortality, in certain finality
The revolution was not televised
Or sanitized or securitized
We sold our children out
The revolution was not televised
Prioritized or hermaphrodized
The barefoot girl in Calgary an ancient dream
The sounds of her recorder taps for an unfinished battle
Weed soaked minds in smoky trailer houses
Contemplate Chicago conventions
Lives wasted
Washington fat cats and running dogs
The revolution was not televised
Evangelized or whitenized
Haight-Ashbury is a ghetto of the mind
Timothy Leary’s dead
The revolution was not televised
demilitarized or sur-prised
Te revolution was not televised
The revolution was not televised
Neither white nor dark achieved freedom
The wealthy cut their hair and went back to work
The revolution was not televised
Ghosts of forgotten soldiers wander Brady street
Cold Black wall for the rest
The revolution was not televised
our young still die in rich man’s wars
The revolution was not televised
Hippies turn to mysticism
Sell tie dyed shirts by the side of the road
The revolution was not televised
Nor VHSitized or digitized
Its smoldering ember behind aged eyes
The revolution was not televised

15 Comments:

At 1:17 AM, Blogger Cherry! said...

'our young still die in rich man’s wars'

So true!
Nice post Kid!

 
At 7:59 PM, Blogger jin said...

That's a serious one!

 
At 3:17 AM, Blogger fairscape said...

PK

The revolution was cancalled due to lack of interest. No profit in it. Perhaps the new revolution will be internetized,blogger-cized
and PKicized. Hmmm?

 
At 6:41 AM, Blogger Becky said...

Good post. Of course it's not televised....

 
At 8:15 AM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Thanks all. I am part of the “missed it all generation” - a toddler during the Beat movement, nowhere near old enough for the sex, drugs, and rock and roll of the 70s. Close as I came was #263, my draft number. I remember tearing up my draft card after I arrived at Basic Training for the Air Force, figuring it was kind of superfluous. Should have put it in a museum or something. Anyway, missed Vietnam but know lots of folks who didn’t and still wonder why the “Best Interests of The United States” always wind up in massive loss of life for our young folks. No regrets, I would join the military again in a heartbeat, but the "leaders" controlling the military are, pardon my language, fucked in the head.

 
At 4:01 PM, Blogger Sarah Letnes said...

I guess military leaders must be "sniffing nail-polish remover" and "watching American Idol."

 
At 4:39 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

I think we are talking IV drugs here, really..

 
At 7:41 AM, Blogger Xanadu said...

"Nowhere near old enough for the sex, drugs, and rock and roll of the 70's"...oh come now! I find that hard to believe!!!! I think we must be about the same age and there was plenty of it all to go around as I remember it! LOL

 
At 9:03 AM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

I graduated highschool in '71, so well, I guess mid-seventies I coudl have imbibed, but it si one fo those you should have been here yesterday" things - like in the Sixties. And I never did drugs of any sort - that is against the law, as we all know.

 
At 12:51 AM, Blogger Tea and Books, etc said...

Leaders of our military... that would include the commander in chief, right?

Anyone remember the reason behind the Charge of the Light Brigade? There are a zillion of similar examples through world military history.

In any war, both the innocent and guilty die; both soldiers and civilians. The only winners in war are governments, not people.

 
At 11:18 AM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

T&B: AS the bumper sticker says, "kill 'em all and let god sort 'em out".

 
At 1:59 PM, Blogger Tea and Books, etc said...

Well, if one believe in 'God', otherwise, just let it all supernova, I say.

 
At 9:05 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Which god - there was one??

 
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