Thursday, November 21, 2019


Frank asks us to choose and describe a poetic style.  I find myself always turning to the more traditional poems, finding their rhythm soothing.  Research tells me "A traditional poem is any poetic work that adheres to a definite verse structure or set of characteristics. traditional poems are known for typically following particular rhyme schemes and metrical patterns. However, contemporary poems favor free verse, which employs no rhyme or poetic meter."   I'm afraid I don't know how to describe the metrical pattern of this poem, if any!  Thanks to Frank for sending me on a journey of research to try to identify my "style"!
Submitted to dVerse
November 21, 2019

It’s the “me” generation
It’s in vogue to please yourself
The idea is highly touted
In the books upon the shelf.

Self-fulfillment, self-enrichment
Look out for number one
If it works so well, I wonder
Where happiness has gone?

The divorce rate is steadily climbing
And many are at the end of their rope
Are we so busy feeding our egos
We’re running out of cope?

Our houses are growing larger
At quite an alarming rate
First we have to find one another
Before we can communicate.

Our children grow up with a sitter
Who has problems of her own
When we decide to spend time with them
We find they’re nearly grown.

The men are at the golf course
And the women at the pool.
And the children leave the sitter’s
And go to nursery school.

The husbands go to the men’s clubs
The wives go to the spas.
Are they so busy self-developing
They forget the way it was

When love was new and joyous
And each lived for the other
And finding time together
Wasn’t such an awful bother?

Could it be we had the answer
In the not so long ago
When we weren’t hung up on possessions
And what we had for show?

When our concern was more for others
And we loved our fellow man
And we weren’t too busy self-developing
To lend a helping hand?

Could self-denial be fulfilling
And self-control enriching too?
Is it just we have the self misplaced.
I wonder, is that true?

There’s a very great difference
Between what we want and what we need
And what we call desire to achieve
Is perilously close to greed.

It seems what we wear not who we are
Is what it’s all about
But ugly is still ugly
If it comes from inside out.

We’re all looking for the answers
And there’s little else to say
But, if we reassessed our values
Would happy come back one day?


  1. Very nice critique of all that self-developing we can't seem to stop doing. I like your description of the problem of not being able to find each other in the ever larger houses we live in. Good reason to down-size.

  2. Our houses are growing larger
    At quite an alarming rate
    First we have to find one another
    Before we can communicate.

    Very good Beverly. It seems like it has been the "me" generation since 1960 to current.

  3. So much truth here! Self seems to be number one! So sad. We need happy to come back!

  4. The pendulum can only swing so far. You do a wonderful job of outlining the stepping stones to where our society finds itself these days.

  5. The simplest acts of love and kindness can send warmer ripples through a home than a quest for personal excellence and you've captured this so well in your poem. A great write Beverly! ���� xxx

  6. It was always like that for the wealthy. Maybe that's the problem. We only need so much then it becomes superfluous and counter-productive. You certainly pointed out the short-comings.

  7. Very well done! You have presented it very well! The rat race sometimes makes us forget who we are and what our purpose is in life!
    I liked this line...
    But ugly is still ugly
    If it comes from inside out.

  8. As Jane pointed out, these perks are mostly for people with money. spas? not in this life.
    but even so, there is always a vast gulf between what we want and what we need...we should all try to bridge it.

  9. I like the line

    "Is it just we have the self misplaced."

    Very good question. Very much enjoyed your poem.

  10. This seems to be true... and it really takes an effort to overcome the trend and move closer and become a little bit more "we".