BrooksLooks@ Appalachian Eyes

Cataloochee Valley
Cataloochee Valley

Appalachian Eyes

trails of tears
on native face
amid the beauty
of their home place

for what they’ve left
by force, deceived
native souls
so long aggrieved

it’s over now
their joys unrightly mine
as i’ve come to know
a native peace, in time

their spirits linger on here
i feel them all around
when it rains in Cataloochee
Cherokee tears pour down

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[Photo from Cataloochee Valley, near Waynesville, North Carolina]

BrooksLooks@ Common Thread

Common Thread

the greatest gen
came along and next
begat the boomers
who begat gen x

gen x’ers begat gen y’ers
who in turn begat gen z
then alphas and betas
all mysteries to me

every gen thinks it’s better
and the next is never the same
gens never really see eye to eye
in life’s generational game

selfie sticks and sexting pics
and the like seem pretty lame
peace signs, beads and love-ins
perhaps more of the same

as long as we keep having new gens
there’s hope for our species ahead
the only common thread it seems
each gen is good in bed

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BrooksLooks@ Marketing to Millennials


Marketing to Millennials

wonder if my grandparents
had the sense of humor
to sign up for a seminar:
‘marketing to the boomer’

like the greatest gen and boomers,
gen x and now gen z
just another ‘gen’ in the pipeline,
or so it seems to me

in between selfies and sexting texts
who knows what they will buy
should we market to the boomers
or take our chances on gen y?

the old gen dies, it’s gone from view
boomers pass to millennial
does one gen ever welcome the new?
i wonder if, any will

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