The new age employers
have changed with the scene,
allowing their workforce
to choose their cuisine,
a nursery schoolroom,
and now, going green.
The bike rides at break time
and fitness rewards
are new transformations
that journals record,
along with the gameroom's
My father's work ethic
was stellar compared
to these young job seekers
whose skills, unprepared
for real world placement
that schooling had spared.
The new motivations,
expected and owed,
have few limitations,
except for the road
that cyclists share as
they pull their own load.
I tried to be young last night,
but the truly young didn't see me
I felt like a sprite thirty-two,
though my fifty-something years were on
I can still party all night,
only the morning aches emphasize my
Why is youth wasted, I ask,
on those who unwittingly live for
I know, but the kids party on,
while my feeble attempts to keep pace are
Fertile land would be handed down
from his father, and father before.
In his pastures of wheat and hay,
as a youth Steve would romp and explore.
The boy learned from those expert hands
that were scarred from the richness of earth,
labored lessons of till and seed,
and of helping his livestock give birth.
While his choice was a cinch to make,
as the fields were still part of his roots,
he decided to stay and farm
and say "no" to the college recruits.
But Dad firmly relayed his dreams-
education and scholarship meant
that his son could escape this life,
and do better than Dad's time misspent.
Sadly Steve packed his bags and left,
to return with his books and degrees,
to his home, where he'd take the reins
from the father he'd hope to appease.
While away he had yearned to know
how his yard and his windmill had fared,
so contented to gaze and mull
over land and the birthright he shared.
are fierce rivals,
with colorful banners
and gaudy wall hangings as their
weapons of choice, though only the tourists
suffer the crass contemplation
of the offerings from
Jack has published over 350 poems in his career, many accompanied by his own photography. He specializes in a view of the commonplace and Americana.