Their Time Is Up

I saw the aged beatniks

At a local poetry reading

Reciting the collected works

Of Beat Poets like

Ginsberg, Kerouac, Ferlinghetti.

Sipping espresso

Purchased yesterday

From a corporation

They condemn and mock.

I heard someone reciting

Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’,

As they demanded change.

Why haven’t they been able

To change things

Over the course of

The past sixty

Or seventy years?

I sat and waited

For so much as

A single Lucid thought

From among them.

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