Monday, January 16, 2017

Too Fast- Poem on the Roaring 20s

This poem was a school assignment for Philip's social studies class at school.  The original assignment was to draw a picture freehand about the events of the Roaring 20's.  Because Philip cannot draw at this point, we changed it to a poem.  He got 100% on it!  -Lisa

Too Fast
By Philip Reyes

Roar goes the crowd at the big party.
Roar go the engines of a million Model T’s.
Roar go the horns of the Harlem Renaissance.
Will the world again rest from all the noise?

Roar goes the movies.
Roar goes the radio.
Roar goes the jazz club with dancers up all night long.
Will the world again sleep to rest from all its motion?

Roar go the flappers.
Roar go the lounges of speakeasies.
Roar goes the laughter of people having the time of their lives.
Will the world again care about more than selfish fun?

Roar go the cash registers.
Roar go the vacuums.
Roar goes the bull market with get rich dreams.
Will the world again care to give rather than take?

Roar go the politicians.
Roar goes the mob.
Roar go the schemes of men in power.
Will the world again value honesty and integrity?

Watch out you do not go too fast or get too proud.
It might all come crashing down.  

 Copyright 2017 Philip Reyes.  All rights reserved.


  1. Oh my goodness Philip, that poem is brilliant. Beautiful

  2. That was so deep Philip...full of wisdom. Where did you learn all this?

    1. i learned about the roaring 20s in school. i wrote my poem thinking of the speed and excesses of those times. i think we live in similar times. it is difficult for someone like me to live in times of constant motion and in times when leaders lack morals and common decency. philip.

  3. This is a brilliant poem. I have been a professional writer for 30+ years, so I don't say that lightly. Very insightful and well written. Please keep writing, Philip!

  4. Very insightful and well written Phillip. You never cease to amaze me!