“You’ve got it easy,” says the baby boomer in the home they bought for $200,000 at 27 years old
“with your internet and mobile phones!” it says waving a college diploma through the air like a flag.
“Your generation…” the baby boomer huffs, “All you do is smoke weed and get drunk!”
It stomps its feet in frustration
It eats xanax like candy
Its IV drips in melancholy
I look up in acknowledgment from my reality
My future in a pile of papers
Can I even apply for this?
Can my parents even afford this?
They’ve got 2 kids after me to support…
“Back in my day we got summer jobs and paid all our student loans off” the baby boomer boasts, chest puffed out proudly.
“How are we supposed to trust your generation with a government? With an entire country?” The baby boomer yells while politicians sip wine out of crystal glasses and watch nuclear bombs raze civilizations like crude christmas lights.
“You’re such a waste of youth! Why I couldn’t even name all of the things I’d do if I were young again” the baby boomer wheezes dreamly.
It's so sickly
“Tell me why. Why must your generation victimize itself?” asks the baby boomer.
I place my pen upon my teetering stack of papers.
“My generation was not raised to stand and speak
We were raised to sit!
To be quiet!
Use your ears and listen
We were born on a pre-paved path and like sheep
We follow it
We were raised in a school system that kills creativity
and teaches us very little life skills
I wasn't taught how to pay taxes
but talk to me about the size of the fallopian tube!
I wasn't taught about my basic human rights!
Did you know there are 30 of them?
I wasn’t taught the laws for the country I live in
At 18 I will be asked to vote in a system that I know nothing about.
I wasn’t taught about medicine
or recognizing mental disorders
But I know how the Marie Antoinette and her family were killed during the French revolution.
It's been ingrained into my generation that sex will ruin your life
Abstinence is the only way.
But no one ever told me what to do about having a kid when I actually want one.
I’ve learned more about the real world from
than almost any class I’ve taken
And they tell us TV will rot your brain
Don’t belittle the generation that you raised
In the economy you shaped
Were all just trying to get by!”
It felt so good to scream
relieved and then I look up
and meet the baby boomers weakening gaze
It says nothing
realizing the value of oxygen
I continue filling out my future
line by line
listening to the rapidly slowing beep of the baby boomers heart monitor