Swinging Sixties

She left her parents’ home.

Left for a room in a large old
house shared with four other
young women of her own age

stunning her parents whose
generation lived with their
parents until they married.

A new social tide in the
swinging sixties and seventies
saw many young people leave
their long time family homes.

Her parents had required further
education, then a good job.
Also board paid from jobs –
part time, holidays, full time,
all paid, complied with.

Recognising her financial
independence, the eldest left.
battered by the father’s jealous
rants, over the 1960’s free
ranging society, followed
later by sister and brother

leaving their parents staring,
still ignoring the social tsunamis
washing over them, wondering
why their children left them.

Swinging Sixties