At the time I was born
the Cold War was frigid.
Sputnik was a plan
& the A-bomb a reality.
Marilyn Monroe just made "The Seven Year Itch"
& Elvis was crooning on TV.
McDonald's began marketing mega-burgers
& Einstein offered his final thoughts.
Israel attacked Syria in a bloody legacy
while Yankee advisors entered Nam.
When I was born
computers outsized dinosaurs
& birth control pills were new.
Scars from World War II were all too fresh
& in Korea new bloodshed spewed.
In a place of violence & amazing dreams
In a planet choking with pollution
& incredible beauty
30,000,000 other infants
who had no idea of
what they were getting into