Monday, April 19, 2010

The next generation

One of the more challenging and interesting things about teaching English in general, and poetry specifically, is coming up with material that students would enjoy, think, and talk about. I quite enjoyed the premise and structure of this poem, plus it also made me think - which generation will my students become? Will they be the 'lost generation', or will the reverse be true?

Lost Generation (by Jonathan Reed)

I realize this may be a shock but
'Happiness comes from within'
is a lie, and
'Money will make me happy'
So in thirty years I will tell my children
they are not the most important thing in my life.
My employer will know that
I have my priorities straight because
is more important than
I tell you this
Once upon a time
Families stayed together
but this will not be true in my era
this is a quick fix society
Experts tell me
Thirty years from now I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce
I do not concede that
I will live in a country of my own making
In the future
Environmental destruction will be the norm
No longer can it be said that
My peers and I care about this earth
It will be evident that
My generation is apathetic and lethargic
It is foolish to presume that
There is hope.

And all of this will come true unless we choose to reverse it.