Where are all the protest songs?
Ticket stubs, blowin’ in the wind,
over trampled fences, scarred pasture
An old black man sings of freedom,
to the empty fields of Yasgur’s farm
Slogans sung in faded jeans
Purple haze, We Shall Overcome
Prophetic words in hashish days
Was it only hype that youth contrived,
If in the end, it was a lie?
Where are all the protest singers?
Dated songs, too old to sing,
gated hippies, too rich too care
Six string anthems, lyrical maps,
guiding us back home
Pocket watch in a business suit
love beads on a rear-view mirror
shagging wagons turned sedan
now they all work for the man
peace is a forgotten plan
Where are all the protests gone?
Sweet leaf breezes, bombers, butterflies,
overgrown children buried in the garden
Placards in mud, posters in blood,
Woodstock is dead
Daisies dried up in their hair
succumb to their survival
wrinkled hippies sit and stare
whining from their easy chairs
mutter protests; no one cares
An old black man sings of freedom
forgotten words of protest songs
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child,
lost in the empty fields of Yasgur’s farm
© Brenda-Lee Ranta, Hugh Dysart
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Foreword . . .
Many moons ago I realized the power of words and how they can accurately describe the nuances of emotion. They can take a person to the highest highs, and just as easily, that person can plummet into nothingness…. just by words. It is fascinating how perception and illusion rule our lives. What others fail to see is that for some, once the words are out there… the bleeding stops a little bit more… Those words are just part of us…And that is the beauty of it.
Fire and Ice is a collection of connections based on perceptions. It is person after person, reading, relating, and then reaching out to others through words. Connection… is really what it is all about that.
I am honored to invite you inside the minds of people just like you. All their hopes, dreams, and disasters are here within the pages of this book.
Lyne Beringer, author of Alaskan Vogue
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