Join the Neopoet online poetry workshop and community to improve as a writer, meet fellow poets, and showcase your work. Sign up, submit your poetry, and get started.

Changing Times

Changing Times

Suitable placards are not to be found
carried by those who protest
Hippie and Flower Child far underground
no longer aiding the quest

militant factions now cry their demands
while terrorists lurk in the wings
neither are certain who really commands
but both have formidable stings

gone are the days of the sit-ins for peace
gone are the love-ins for change
now there is hatred that screams for release
from politics furtive and strange

AK’s and Glocks are the tools of the day
wielded by bullies and fools
strumming guitars is no longer the way
to go about changing the rules

the method is madness, the outcome insane,
participants dying by choice
innocent bystanders harvest the pain
politicos snidely rejoice

we’ve met with our enemy and it is us
it seems we’ve learned nothing at all
from days when minorities conquered the bus
til now, when our empires fall

C. Lon R. Bruso

Style / type: 
Structured: Western
Review Request (Intensity): 
I appreciate moderate constructive criticism
Review Request (Direction): 
How was my language use?
How does this theme appeal to you?
Is the internal logic consistent?
Editing stage: 


A grand write, I do so miss the love ins, and the communes, though only the former was attended in my own bedroom, with my then wife lol
Take care young traveller, know we think of you both out there.
Yours Ian & the Children

Give critique to help keep Neopoet great.
Unconditional love to you all.
"Learn to love yourself first"
Yours as always, Ian.T, Sparrow, and Yenti

Always good to hear from my friends across the pond!

author comment

The times have indeed changed. Too many fought against the establishment then became anxious to Become the establishment. And right and wrong has devolved into situational ethics. Thoughtful poem.....stan

Many things change with time, but again, many things don't, and that may be even more scary!

author comment

this one really made me think. first of all, the pattern is tight. and secondly the content brings up a really good point: are we really going about protest the right way? it seems the difference is that now there are few who would wield the weapons in the midst of those who sit in peace. I like to believe the majority only wants peaceful change. thank you for this, it really made me wonder.


The days of the Bob Dylan type protest songs are indeed long gone. I miss those days, ( sigh )! But, what the Hell, we have to evolve somehow I suppose, I just wish we'd learn how to deal with our problems a little better! LOL!! Thanks for the feedback!

author comment

Excellent poetry and strong message. Regards Roscoe....

Roscoe Llane,

Religion will rip your faith off, and return
for the mask of disbelief that's left.

Glad you enjoyed this one, and I thank you once again for the feedback!

author comment

Spot on I'd say! :)

Another great poem worthy of a book!

LOve Mand xxx

Your input is always welcome and respected! I appreciate your time and effort!

author comment

Time changes from minute to minute, The world is spinning too fast. This is a wonderful write, Lonnie.


Glad you liked my meager offering! Hope you are feeling okay!

author comment

Always a pleasure.

W. H. Snow

A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds. Percy Bysshe Shelley

Learn how, teach others.
The NeoPoet Mentor Program

(c) No copyright is claimed by Neopoet to original member content.