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The term the “Lost Generation“, coined by Gertrude Stein is used often to describe American writers who lived in Paris after the First World War.  One member of the lost generation, Ernest Hemingway, wrote his book “A Movable Feast” about his days in Paris during this era. 

 My son brought home a poem today called Lost Generation, by Jonathan Reed…

 Lost Generation

 I am part of a lost generation
And I refuse to believe that
I can change the world
I realize this may be a shock but
“Happiness comes from within”
Is a lie, and
“Money will make me happy”
So in 30 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
Work
Is more important than
Family
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
30 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.

 Now start at the * at the bottom at read each line of the poem going up instead of down.

 Isn’t that neat?  God bless this generation!

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