New Age Thinking

Tom Dylan

At twenty years old I was a man, an adult,

I knew it all, and was living through

the greatest decade in history,

Manchester was the centre of the universe,

the music and films and the whole vibe

of the 1990’s was out of this world.


To my twenty year-old-self, fifty years old was old,

my father at that age, was ancient,

his grey thinning hair and middle-aged fashion

pegged him as an old feller,

when I would show off my brand new shirt

my mother would say with a smile,

your father used to have one just like that.


Now as I near the big five-oh myself,

sixty doesn’t seem so very old,

Seventy is getting on a bit,

and I refer to octogenarians

as being a good age,

rather than detailing the hill,

and how far over it they are.


These days I look at twenty year olds

as though they are still in the playground.

I scoff when they say they have never seen

Trainspotting or heard of Jarvis Cocker.

I talk of the 1990s with fond nostalgia

the way my father would speak of the Sixties,

my playlist still crammed with 90’s indie bangers.


I find myself wondering just when it happened,

when did modern music become a noise to my ears,

when did they stop making TV shows

like they used to,

when did my day, my era, my youth,

my glory days, when did they finish?


Soon enough, and before they know it,

the kids singing the latest pop tunes

and going along with today’s trends

will themselves pine for this era

and its soundtracks.

They will give the complaint that is

passed down to each generation,

that things were better in our day.

  • Author: Tom Dylan (Offline Offline)
  • Published: June 10th, 2024 02:17
  • Comment from author about the poem: It occurred to me that each generation thinks that theirs was the best to grow up in. That gave me the idea for this poem.
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