Generations

EIGHT GENERATIONS

The first generation to take charge of its happiness
Died sad

 

The second generation to take charge of its happiness,
Having been raised by the members of the first generation,
Died sad and unloved

 

The third generation to take charge of its happiness,
Having watched its parents trampled into decimation by its grandparents
Abandoned all hope for achieving happiness

 

The fourth generation to take charge of its happiness
Had never heard of happiness
But stumbled onto it accidentally
They died content

 

The fifth generation to take charge of its happiness
Had no idea what had made their parents so happy
So they mistakenly assumed that such was the law of universe
They also died content

 

The sixth generation to take charge of its happiness
Had no idea what made had their parents so happy
So they mistakenly assumed that such was the law of universe
They also died content

 

The seventh generation
Who had enjoyed peace for so long
Did not think much of happiness
But carried on the traditions of those who had
They also died content

 

The eighth generation
Found itself loathing tradition
Because contentment and peace
Seemed the antithesis of autonomous freedom
And because the rationale behind many of the rituals
Was lost in the fifth generation;
So they declared all previous generations hypocrites
And became, themselves, the antithesis of tradition

 

The eighth generation took charge of its own happiness
And died sad

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5 thoughts on “Generations

  1. zumpoems says:

    A very serious poem, indeed! Thought provoking!

  2. wordcoaster says:

    Love this! Are you a historian, perchance? đŸ˜‰

  3. powerful perspective.

    well done.

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