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Short Poem about First Impressions and Living in the 1960s

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Amaryllis in full bloom

Amaryllis in full bloom

First Impressions

Below is a small poem titled First Impressions that was composed when I was in high school many years ago.

Yes I can still remember that far back. (Smile)

For some reason I have always remembered this little poem and the sentiments expressed ring true in an everlasting fashion.

Cherished are the friendships that have been formed throughout the years with many people of different cultures coming from all walks of life.

Differences between people only serve to enlighten and enrich each others experiences. Haven't you found that to be true?

Cyclamen in bloom

Cyclamen in bloom

Here is my poem:

"First impressions are not always the best,

Finer distinctions are formed from the rest.

Monarch butterfly photo taken at the Houston Zoo.

Monarch butterfly photo taken at the Houston Zoo.

First impressions, often prejudiced and rude,

Given more time are mellowed and soothed.

My original pencil drawing of a Golden Retriever.  Who wouldn't love that face?

My original pencil drawing of a Golden Retriever. Who wouldn't love that face?

With time comes understanding, interest, even love,

And who, being in haste, would forgo the above?"



Hopefully you (the reader) enjoyed this tiny poem about First Impressions and think about it the next time when meeting someone new.

Who knows how that person may enrich one's life or teach lessons one may never learn in any other way?

Life is short. Embrace changes that come along one's pathway of life. Live, learn and love!


This was the decade when my younger brothers and I were in high school. The times were turbulent. The draft was in full effect and the Vietnam war was raging.

Draft dodging was not only talked about but was also done by some young men who fled to countries like Canada to avoid entering the war which was very unpopular with many people.

Protests against the war were held on many college campuses across the nation. Draft cards were publicly burned as were bras which went hand in hand with the woman's lib movement.

Having come from a family where both grandfathers had participated in the military as well as my dad, my brothers continued in service to country spanning the years from World War I, and World War II to Vietnam.

My brother John had enlisted in the Navy and my youngest brother Jim in the Army. Both saw service in Vietnam.


The hippie movement was in full force and they often sported long unkept hair, used drugs for recreation and promoted the idea of sexual freedom.

Rock music was their favorite form of entertainment and Woodstock where hundreds of thousands of them gathered in a field in New York epitomizes that movement at its height.

The Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Bay of Pigs brought our nation and Cuba with the supporting Soviet Union to the brink of war.

At the same time the Berlin Wall was being built separating the country of Germany into the communist ruled east side from the west side which was free.

JFK Assassination

My dear grandmother who was like a second mother to me died in 1963.

That was the same year President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22nd making the Vice-President Lyndon Johnson the automatic President of the U.S.

Whoever was alive during that sad day which shocked the nation will never forget those images portrayed over and over again on television. The blood stained pink suit of Mrs. Kennedy, the swearing in of a very sober faced Lyndon Johnson aboard Air Force One as he was being flown back to Washington, D.C., those are images which are seared into our memories for those of us who witnessed them.

The Civil Rights Movement

The Civil Rights movement was both peaceful and turbulent.

Sit ins and speeches regarding what was right and just for the black members of our society occurred. There were also race riots where buildings, businesses and cars were burned as happened in the infamous Watts Riots in Los Angeles, California which ended up with hundreds of millions of dollars of damages and 34 deaths.

More riots in different cities would follow with more public destruction of things with injuries and deaths of people.

Dr. Martin Luther King who now has a memorial statue in Washington, D.C. was a voice for reason and peaceable change during these times. Sadly he was assassinated in April of 1968 by a sniper's bullet in Memphis, Tennessee.

In June of that same year Senator Robert F. Kennedy who was the brother of President Kennedy and who also had Presidential ambitions was also assassinated.

Moon Landing

The 1960s did have some memorable moments that were not at all sad.

We saw astronaut John Glenn circle the earth three times in 1962. Our space adventures had us landing on the moon in 1969 with astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr.

The famous statement uttered to something like 600 million people watching television from all around the world by Neil Armstrong was the following: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." That was a proud moment in time!

My fraternal grandmother often remarked that she was amazed in what had transpired during her days. She had lived from the horse and buggy days to learning to drive those early automobiles and seeing the Wright Brothers first fly an airplane to viewing a man walking on the moon. She could hardly believe the advances!


Music of the 1950s

The music of the 1950s was being sung by people like some of the following:

  • Pat Boone
  • Paul Anka
  • Johnny Mathis
  • Ricky Nelson
  • Elvis Presley
  • Perry Como and more.

The United States truly underwent a cultural change in the 1960s and would never be quite the same. My little poem was created during those times of my teenage years of growing up and still rings true today.

Elvis Presley and Ed Sullivan in New York City, October 26, 1956

Elvis Presley and Ed Sullivan in New York City, October 26, 1956

Music of the 1960s

The Beatles had crossed the Atlantic and had most of America playing their music. I remember discussing with my girlfriends which of the Beatles we thought was the cutest.

Chubby Checker's "The Twist" had many of us gyrating to his music and others like the Beach Boys, The Supremes, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, Sonny and Cher, Righteous Brothers, Neil Diamond and others too many to mention all kept us entertained.

Press photo of The Beatles during Magical Mystery Tour.

Press photo of The Beatles during Magical Mystery Tour.

A Decade of Changes

It was a far cry from the 1950s when we were growing up as children.

The times had changed and would never be the same. Back in those days we were watching television shows like some of the following:

  • Father Knows Best
  • Leave it to Beaver
  • The Lone Ranger
  • The Ed Sullivan Show
  • Bonanza
  • I Love Lucy to name just a few.
 Publicity photo of Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger and his horse Silver

Publicity photo of Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger and his horse Silver

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2008 Peggy Woods

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