Summer of Love–dVerse Poetics


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Summer of Love
Signs of the Times

I could have been there, but wasn’t,
though this California earthquake
hit me harder than Loma Prieta
(and I was there, in the city, for that one.)

I’ve walked the hate Haight,
tossed flowers onto a pond,
inhaled once and choked,
joined a minority in my own
weird way, loved freely
in my own sure way.

But, I embrace our vets,
as well, while rueing war,
love my country, question
politics, splurge on gratitude.

The signs abounded; buttons led the way.

Is what we have now
really what we want?

When I opened the paper this morning (to barely scan the headlines and read the comics) I found an article on the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love (1967) that showed a photo of buttons with the many slogans that emerged.

Today, Mish invites us to muse on the many signs that surround us and I suppose these little buttons, which certainly set our culture in a new direction, may be acceptable for the prompt. Please join us with a SIGN that hits you at dVersePoets.



30 thoughts on “Summer of Love–dVerse Poetics

  1. sanaarizvi says:

    Oh my gosh I remember those cute little badges!❤️ Lovely write, Victoria 😀


  2. lillian says:

    An excellent response to the prompt. I especially am struck by the third stanza and how you nailed the conflicting viewpoints that can reside in one person at the same time….to embrace our vets yet abhor war; to love our country but not its current politics. Well done!
    My favorite button/saying of the 60s was Make Love Not War.

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  3. Mish says:

    Tiny little signs!! This brought back memories of a button collection that I once had. I especially like the honesty and reflection in these lines….

    “joined a minority in my own
    weird way, loved freely
    in my own sure way”

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  4. love the light lyrical touch of your words from start to finish –
    “The signs abounded; buttons led the way.” – so profound for then and now

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  5. kanzensakura says:

    Make love not war…pot is the spot…I took those literally and figuratively…Lol, I still do. And while vigorously protesting The War, i even more embraced the vets and still do. Excellent poem Victoria. I went to Woodstock (remember very little), Newport…my mother was so supportive of my whims and friends. I agreed to do the debutante season but only if I were left free to be free. She was the best mother,

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  6. I would imagine – no – it can’t possibly be – joining the minority

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  7. Great thought provoking poem!

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  8. Liz says:

    This is superb. It is as if you spoke for me. Thank you for a wonderful poem.

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  9. Sumana Roy says:

    The piece connects past, present and future. The last question is like a sign for the less experienced to read correctly to go ahead. A nice, thought provoking writing.

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  10. I was a little too young then, but I do remember the badges, though it was more like fashion. I think most of us are a bit between

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  11. Candy says:

    Lots of memories in this – thanks


  12. lynn__ says:

    We need substance over slogans, I think…thought-provoking write.

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  13. Made me think of flower children, peace and love. A nostalgic trip.

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  14. Grace says:

    I love the many signs on the buttons, like sign posts of one’s journey ~

    Your reflection resonates with me:

    But, I embrace our vets,
    as well, while rueing war,
    love my country, question
    politics, splurge on gratitude.

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  15. Waltermarks says:

    Love the buttons, and the memories. Wish we could ever have what we want. I think the only thing I’d ask the government to do is resign and turn off the lights when they leave.

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  16. frankhubeny says:

    Each of those buttons is a little sign. I remember wearing buttons during that time. I don’t remember what was on them anymore.

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  17. Charley says:

    I admire swimming. It doesn’t take anything to float downstream (go with the flow). Enjoyed the poem. Especially the cross-out.

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  18. jillys2016 says:

    Ah, that key question at the end… Love this reflection!

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