Golden

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The Golden Era


by Claudia Serea

Wealth was measured in cream for coffee


and chicken for soup.

The days of the rich


were made of imported chocolate


and hair spray.

The days of the poor


were of cold tea


and thin air.

It was the time when God


was taking orders in a restaurant

and delivered steak and fondue


to only one part of the town.

On the town streets,


the saints were walking without shoes.

It was a time when no one talked


but everyone clapped


and sang.

We found out we were happy


from the news.

It was a time


when no one told us


what would happen,

but everyone knew.
 
“The Golden Era” by Claudia Serea from Nothing Important Happened Today. Broadstone Books © 2016.

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