in dashikis and love beads

a drive-by earthrise
in dashikis and love beads
toke and get trippy

self-destruct buy-in
black-on-black assault weapons
to marginalize

morning breath gross-out
clunky cellulite safe sex
megavitamins

from my birth year, yo
printed words from ‘sixty-eight
Band-Aids for our wounds


words change constantly,
but most things never really change.

coronavirus” was new in 1968, too

Huh.


This was probably an ill-conceived experiment. I saw a link to a MerriamWebster page that would list the “First Known Use” dates of any given year. Every word in bold above was from the 1968 list. I only used a fraction of them, and what I used was probably too much.

I’m sorry.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/time-traveler/1968

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