I understand the youth.
They did not come before me.
They act, though, as if their self-assured sensory knowledge
Pre-dates Wisdom Itself. It doesn’t.

I understand the youth have causes:
The grass must be greener in their eco-system where
No man is an island and everything is socialized.
“Feed the hungry.”
“Help the downcast.”
“Smash the system, recycle the vision.”
The banners over these foot soldiers are “Revolution” and
“Change is Progress” and “Progress is Change”-
The currency of youth unfurled.

I understand the youth as I watch them march in earnest.
The future began long ago.

© Sally Paradise, 2011, All Rights Reserved

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